Daily Devotional Friday 24th February 2023

by William Moody

1 Peter 5

Shepherd the Flock of God

5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,1 not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;2 not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.


[1] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit exercising oversight
[2] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit as God would have you


Peter encourages elders to shepherd God’s people with a twofold argument (v1-2). Christ’s suffering and the glory to come are to be great sources of motivation. Dwelling on these two things will prevent not just elders, but all believers from being reluctant and half-hearted in our service.

Serving is not to be done out of self-interest (v2b) and not in a domineering manner (v3). Of course, our service as elders or in others areas needs to reflect the example of Jesus who served with such love and humility.

We always serve with an awareness that we do so between the two comings of Christ, His first which was in suffering and His second which will be in glory to reward His faithful people (v4).

Elders have a great responsibility and they need to be respected and even obeyed by those who they lead (v5). In a world which hates to be told what to do the Christian will be different as humility and not pride rules their lives.

What is the mark of your life, humility or pride? Pray about this! 

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