To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed. 1 Peter 5:1
I’m not an “elder” in any official sense of the word, but I do bear some of the responsibility of leadership in my company and my family that is characteristic of an elder.
I remember how intimidated I was at the prospect of being a leader when I first became a supervisor at work and a parent at home. I would ask myself,
“What qualifies me to direct and judge others?”
I witnessed others swell with pride when entrusted with leadership. Suddenly, their insights carried more weight just because of their position. They would use their power to control. There had to be a better way.
I discovered the concept of “servant-leadership.”
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-3
I made a decision to model my leadership, and my life, after the “Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). I chose to acknowledge that I could never be the leader, and the person, that I was intended to be in my own strength.
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5
When I turned my life over to Jesus Christ about 15 years ago, a peace came over me that permitted me to lead with conviction.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
I confess that I don’t always follow your perfect example of servant-leadership. I yield to you for the conviction and the discipline to be the leader (and the disciple) that you intended for me to be. Amen.