I Peter 5:1-3 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;
God’s idea for leadership
The call to leadership in the Church is a call to serve and lead by example. The Leader must be the “chiefest” servant.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-27
This is cornerstone principle for godly leadership – be it in the church, the home or a secular entity. It is our disobedience to this instruction that has partly created the many problems in our leadership ranks today.
The Spirit calls for a change today. Jesus has shown us the example as the Chief Shepherd, He was and is “servant and king”. Any deviation from His example of service to the Body borders on iniquity and is arguably sourced from our selfish ambitions. Selah
This is the same principle that must be displayed in the Christian home. The husband as head of the union must awaken to the truth that it is not a call to “lord it over” but one of selfless service and agape. Selah
The Leader also must never be driven by money! This is the practical conundrum of our times. Money has come to hold so much sway and power in our everyday relations that we run the risk of making decisions influenced greatly by “thoughts of its gain”.
Too many of us unwillingly end up serving the demands of unrighteous mammon. This ought not to be so; especially for the man called into leadership of God’s heritage. Submission to leadership must be understood and freely given. The leader cannot…should not take it by force. Submission must be given of a person’s own volition.
For the leader must not be “lord over God’s heritage”…he must be an example of Christ-like service and submission to all. Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.