THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
TENDING THE FLOCK - 5
Today’s reading: 1 Peter 5:1-4
Servant leaders are called to “tend the flock of God
that is in (their) midst” (v.2a). They are assigned
by Jesus, the Chief Shepherd, to care for his people. How
do they do so?
they look to Jesus to help them endure. They are “witness
to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the
glory to be revealed.” (v.1b). They have no illusions
about the work they have been called to. Like Jesus, they
are not to be served but to serve, and even give their lives
as a ransom for the many. They are a privileged people. They
share in the suffering of Jesus but also in his glory.
they do the work “not by constraint but willingly”
(v.2b). They must be willing and even eager to serve. After
all, they become servants of the Lord of lords. They have
no reason to grumble as they accept a service. They carry
their crosses with joy.
they do the work “not for shameful profit but eagerly.”
(v.2d). They do not have a personal agenda. They do not look
to all those placed under their case as a market that provides
an opportunity for personal profit. In fact, they give of
themselves and their resources freely and willingly.
they “do not lord it over those assigned to (them)”
(v.3a). They are the leaders but they are the servants. They
are at the top but they occupy the lowest place. They are
first but they are last. They expend themselves for the care
they are to “be examples to the flock.” (v.3b).
They are to strive to live exemplary Christian lives. They
are to walk the path of holiness. They help bring those under
their care to heaven, but need to lead the way. People can
look to them and see Christ.
leaders are called to be selfless, self-sacrificing, self-emptying.
They serve out of love for the Lord and for his people. They
will endure suffering, just as their Master did. But they
will be greatly rewarded. “And when the Chief Shepherd
is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”