by the Spirit - Part 5
V. 2 ** So what does Peter want the elders to do
in the midst of all of the suffering which the Lord has allowed to come
upon His church?
They are to shepherd the flock of God. One of the most
serious charges in Scripture, the elder is accountable to God for how
he takes care of his brothers and sisters which the Lord has placed
under his wing. cf. Hebrews 13:17 and Colossians 4:17
** Did you notice the proximity of Gods flock?
Peter says that it is among the elders. We have been built
into the household of God and are members of one another. The elder
must be personally involved in the lives of their flock and deeply caring
for their needs. cf. 1Peter 2:4-5 and 1Timothy 3:14-15
** Peter now lists three sets of motives for an elder, two here in verse
two and one more in verse three. Each set comes with a positive motive
to employ and a negative one to avoid. Lets look at these individually
and see how we can apply them to our own lives.
Set Number 1 - not under compulsion, but voluntarily
First, a proper Biblical compulsion from the apostle Paul
is listed in 1Corinthians 9:16. Paul was compelled to serve His Lord
because of all that God had done for him by forgiving his sin and granting
him eternal life!
A voluntary spirit being displayed by:
Paul - Philippians 3:7-8
Peter - 1Peter 1:3
John - 1John 1:1-4 (3John 4)
Set Number 2 - not for sordid gain, but with eagerness
Is it wrong to receive financial reward for Christian service?
No - 1Corinthians 9:14 and Luke 10:7
Even though money is primarily in view here, what other types of sordid
gain could be considered improper as a motive for serving Christ?
Personal popularity, prestige, social influence are all to be avoided
cf. 1Timothy 3:8-9
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