The Under Shepherd Part Two

In 1Pet.5.2,.5.3,.5.4 Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”,1Pet.5.3,1Pet.5.4,1Pet.5.5&version=ESVPeter said to him.

In John13; 8 Peter told him, “You will never, ever, wash my feet!”Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.”

John 13;12- 15 12 After Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer garment, he reclined at the table again. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me Teacher and Lord. You are right, because I am. 14 Now if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 Yes, I have given you an example so that you also would do just as I have done for you. Jesus left example for His disciples that need to be servant leader. For example in Matthew 20:25b-27 You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave. Or in Philippians 2:3-8 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Lastly in Corinthians 9:19; 22b-23 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Robert Greenleaf, founder of the modern servant leadership movement, has written this about the subject, “The servant-leader is a servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.

Mother Teresa, a nun, and a missionary, who exhibited servant leadership qualities once wrote that “Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being thoughtful, you will become more and more Christ-like, for his heart was meek, and he always thought of others. Our vocation, to be beautiful, must be full of thought for others.” Charles Dickens No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” The important actpect In Christian servant leadership, we have to be willing to learn from and listen to those we lead, because we know that they have value and worth. The truth is that they might actually have better ideas than we do or a perspective we don’t

Lastly, As the Apostle, Peter wrote, but being an example to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.