“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.”- 1Pet.5:2-3
I preached my first sermon at New Covenant Baptist Church this Sunday morning. I was humbled and excited to proclaim the Gospel that God has called me to do. As I looked out at the people that I shepherd, I have a desire for their souls! How I want to be part of there lives! How I want to see them grow in the Lord! How I want to see salvation! It takes time to get to know people, but my desire is to pour my life into these people. How will I do this? I have to look back at the Scriptures to get my answers. And 1Pet.5:2-3 reminds me how. I see these four things from the text.
1.I am to Shepherd: “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you.” This means I am to tend the flock, guarding them, guiding them through the teaching and preaching of the Bible (Jn.21:15-17). Watching out for there souls (Acts.20:28-30).
2. I am not to be lazy: “Exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you.” I need to see the importance of the call in my life so I never become dull and never hold back from doing God’s work (1Cor.9:16).
3. I am not to do it for the wrong reasons: “Not for shameful gain, but eagerly.” As I pastor, I am not to do it for the money, or try to take other people’s money, being dishonest. And I am to serve cheerfuly (1Tim.6:9-11).
4. I am not to be one who leads by manipulation or intimidation: “Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” I am to lead the flock in a way of meekness standing on the Word of God, leading the way by the way I live my life (1Tim.4:12).