We learn some of Peter…
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also 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 for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
Peter was a fellow elder among those whom he was writing.
He did not exalt himself above them.
He had witnessed the suffering of Christ.
He was a partaker of the glory that is to be revealed.
An interesting phrase…”the glory that is to be revealed.”
We as believers have the glory of the Most High.
He literally dwells within.
This glory is yet to be revealed.
It will be…at the revelation of the Lord.
So, Peter was speaking to the elders as a fellow elder.
Hear the instructions.
Shepherd the flock of God among you. A shepherd leads. He does not drive. One can not “drive” sheep. One leads sheep.
Exercise oversight, yet do so without compulsion. I don’t know about y’all, but much of what I have seen/experienced is being “compulsed.”
Shepherd and give oversight voluntarily…
according to the will of God. If God calls, do it. Fret not over other issues.
not for sordid gain. Oh the true stories in which I could regale you with about people who want the position, power, prestige, authority…yet only “if they get paid.”
Elders are to shepherd with eagerness.
not lording over the flock
proving to be examples to the flock
Such individuals are rare today.
But, they are there.
Is the Lord calling you to be such?