“When The Heat Is On”

Posted: February 3, 2017 in Christian Life, First Peter

1 Peter 5:1-4

Pastors, like everyone else, have good and bad days. They and their families face challenges just like you do (1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2-12). Some of them live in glass houses (parsonages) where their every move seems to be visible to others. Sometimes the expectations of the people are unrealistic. Pastors can’t walk on water.  So don’t idolize them.

Persecution. Peter and the elders (Pastors) to whom he was writing had their share of persecution from the enemies of Christ (Acts 5:40; 12:1-19; 2 Timothy 3:12). Some challenges were internal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1-12; 2 Timothy 4:10, 14; 3 John 1:9). Peter’s desire was to encourage other Elders/Pastors/Bishops to be faithful to the Lord (1 Corinthians 4:2; 15:58) and stay at the work that God had given them to do unless He led them elsewhere (Galatians 6:6-0). Let’s consider –

Terms Used. The Apostle Peter used several words to describe these leaders of the church. Elder related to his relative degree of spiritual maturity (1 Timothy 3:6). Pastor/teacher refers to this one’s spiritual gift that he received at the time of his salvation (Ephesians 4:11). The term bishop refers to his role as an overseer of the church (1 Timothy 3:1; Titus 1:5-10; See Revelation 1:20).

Responsibilities. Among other things, the Pastor/Bishop/Elder has the responsibilities to feed and lead those in his care (John 21:15-17; See Ezekiel 34; Psalm 23). He is to guide and guard them from spiritual harm and danger (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 4:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:1ff; 4:2-5) and heal those who are spiritually broken (Luke 4:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Acts 20:28-31).

Service. God wants this man to serve willingly and not under compulsion (See 2 Cor. 9:5-8). He should be eager to do the work without doing it for dishonest gain (1 Timothy 5:17; 6:6-19; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; Galatians 6:6-9). He is to set a godly example for believers to follow and not lord over them (1 Timothy 4:12; Matthew 20:25; Acts 19:16).

Reward. While our salvation can’t be earned, we can earn rewards, praise, and crowns. Pastors who do their work the way God wants them to do it (2 Timothy 2:5) will be rewarded with the “Crown of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4). Having earned it, he will then have something to present as a gift to the Lord when he sees Christ at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 4:10). Do you know what the other crowns are and what you need to do to earn them? (1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 2:10).

Practical Applications. For Pastors / teachers / leaders: Abide (i.e. feel at ease) in Christ (John 15:1-8; 1 John 2:27, 28; 3:16, 17). Be and stay balanced (Philippians 4: 5; Galatians 5:22, 23). Continue to learn and grow (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 4:13; 2 Peter 3:18). Delegate responsibilities to faithful men (Acts 6:5; See Exodus 18:13-26). For the followers: Acknowledge your God ordained leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Be a cause/reason for his rejoicing (Hebrews 13:7, 17; 2 Timothy 4:10, 14). Commit yourself to follow your Spirit led and Spirit filled leaders (Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1). Defend your leader against false accusations when possible (1 Timothy 5:19).

Caution. The devil would like to ruin the under-shepherd so God’s flock will be scattered (1 Peter 5:8). All Pastors still have a sin nature that could drag them down (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:12-25). The devil’s world system could cause His love for God to be misdirected (1 John 2:16-17). Your prayers and words of encouragement can spur him on to greater service for God and for the good of His people (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

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