Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
When you hear a big sigh and see the eye roll from the one leading, you understand right away that you haven’t done it right in his (or her) eyes, to their way of thinking. Working for a boss who isn’t happy, who doesn’t show you how, only tells you when you haven’t done it right and arrogantly tells you your job is to make him look good isn’t doing it for the right reasons. He or she is doing it with a “because I have to” attitude. Those kinds of leaders are hard to work with and for.
Peter reminds leaders and followers of WHY we do what we do and how to do it. We work at it with all our hearts, minds and souls to please God! It doesn’t matter if you are in a secular or clergy position. God tells us plainly…to be plain people who love Him and love others. If we really take this seriously it gives us the freedom to leave everything to God for the results. We take on too much responsibility when we try to “play God” in people’s lives. We are all to be servants of God…not self.
Leading is also not trying to soothe our fractured egos with putting and keeping others down so we look lifted up. Yikes, that is a horrible place to be, to live, and keep doing. That takes more work on our parts to be always thinking of self. There is never peace with self motivation. “Be content with who you are”, says Peter. “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
1 Peter 5, The Message
1-3 I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.
4-5 When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—
God has had it with the proud,
But takes delight in just plain people.
6-7 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Wow. Take this in. Think about it. Take all the time you need, I am. What or Who is our motivation in life as we work, relate to others, serve and love. Is our love with conditions? Is our service expecting something in return? Is our work just that…”our” work? You’ll know if all you seek is recognition and you are highly dissatisfied when you don’t get it. Are our relationships motivated by what we can get from them?
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am contemplating my own motivations for this journey and come up short of the goal you have for me. May Your desire be my desires and motivations for a life that wants to please you in all I think, say and do. Transform me. You are God and i am not. We will keep it that way. Help us to keep a firm grip on our faith and trust in You alone for all situations, trials, successes, and challenges. Thank you, Lord for never leaving us and always being the best shepherd of all. My life is in You. My life is in Your Hands.
In Jesus Name, Amen