THEME: CROWNS OF GRACE
1 Peter 5:2-4
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
-Prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had denied Him three times, much to his own shame and he wept (Mark 14:72). Jesus asked three times if Peter loved Him. Each time, Peter affirmed that he loved Jesus, grieved at the repeated question. Also each time, Jesus responded to Peter’s answer with a command to feed or tend Jesus’ sheep. Shepherding the flock of God was to be Peter’s life work and a sign of love. Here, in these verses, Peter is sharing his mission with the elders of the local churches who will receive this letter. He reveals that an elder should provide leadership in the church; serve as an overseer with willingness and not by compulsion, dealing genuinely and not for dishonest gains, serving as good examples to their flock and exercising humility with others. As they do this, they should realize that the flock belongs to God and not it’s human leaders. As we begin this new year, it is important to remember that each one of us has a purpose to accomplish on earth. Our mandates should be geared towards bringing glory to God. As we do this, we should note that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Jesus commissioned His disciples saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20). As children of God and His disciples, we have been called to serve God in whatever capacities we are in by spreading the gospel and making disciples for the glory of His name, and we shall receive our crowns of glory when Christ comes again.
How great are Your signs Lord, how mighty are Your wonders. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and Your dominion is from generation to generation. Lord You say in Your word that wisdom is the principal thing and in all our getting let us get wisdom, grant us Your wisdom Lord. As Your wisdom places an ornament of grace on peoples heads, let us be among the beneficiaries and deliver to us a crown of glory. Thank You for Your gift of wisdom Holy Spirit. Guide us to spread the gospel and make disciples according to Your will. Teach us to follow You wholeheartedly and make us vessels of honor ready for the Masters use. May Your purposes prevail in our lives dear Jesus. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding dwell in our hearts, minds, homes, relationships, marriages, businesses, jobs, schools, economy, government, nation and all the nations of the world through You Christ Jesus. Be with the nation of Uganda as they cast their vote. May Your will prevail in the US and may Your people know You for who You are. All glory and praise belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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