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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – August 24, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – August 24, 2023

The Leadership

By Jodie Montgomery

1 Peter 5:1-11 “Therefore, I urge elders among you, as your fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and one who is also a fellow partaker of the glory that is to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not with greed but with eagerness; not yet as domineering over those assigned to your care, but by proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT HE GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, having cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares about you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Sometimes you just need a passage that reminds you what it looks like to represent the Chief Shepherd. Our Shepherd is gentle and lowly. He is the antithesis of pride. He comes to relieve our burdens, reducing anxiety. He comes humbly and honoring. He comes protectively and to perfect. He strengthens and establishes. He goes voluntarily according to God’s will. Our Shepherd is for the growth and health of His sheep. I’m thankful for His example to the flock. He helps us to discern whether a leader is truly His or not. This Christ is represented by humility.

As I read through this passage, I am reminded to approach people with consideration of all they may be experiencing. I see value in talking in person versus emailing or texting what needs to be conveyed with a thoughtful tone. I realize that it is Christlike to be patient with one another, to give opportunity for us to learn together which may include some failed moments or not so great ideas. I realize disciple making may be risky, hearts are at stake. The God of all grace is working. To Him be all praise.

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