A Tender Heart to Serve

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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

James and John sent their mother to request a favor. She asked that when Jesus established His kingdom, her two sons be given a special place of power and position. When the other disciples learned of this request, they were "indignant." Peter must have been particularly irritated. Along with James and John, he made up Jesus' inner circle. But as always the Master Teacher turned the situation into an important teaching moment.

Jesus explained to His disciples that in His kingdom leaders would not "lord it over" others. Instead, leaders would be servants. He would set the standard by showing that He "did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28). Peter watched Jesus demonstrate this servant-leadership all the way to the cross.

So, Peter passed on what he learned from Jesus. Leaders must be servants and examples "to the flock" that God has graciously entrusted to them. Leadership is a great privilege and responsibility. Leaders in the kingdom must follow the Master's plan.

Father, I pray for leaders. Give us courage to lead. Give us tender hearts to serve. Help us be strong and tender. Give us vision and grace. Help us to lead like Jesus. In His name. Amen.