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"Living a surrendered life to the glory of God"
1 PETER 5:1-7
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Some are Chosen to Wear the Mantle of Leadership
"To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder."
1 KINGS 19:19,21
"So he departed from here and found Elisha who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen... then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him... then Elisha arose and followed Elijah and became his servant."
Leaders must have servant hearts.
"Eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you"
Leaders must have shepherd hearts.
"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing."
A good shepherd:
...leads the flock
...feeds the flock
...protects the flock
"He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young."
All are Called to Wear the Cloak of Humility
"Clothe yourselves with humility towards one another."
Greek: "tapeinoo" | "to level a hill or mountain"
"God opposes the proud."
"I must be the center"
"Pride goes before destruction; and a haughty spirit before a fall."
...“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
...I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
God Rewards Those who are Humble
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time."
PHILIPPIANS 2:3-10 (THE MESSAGE)
"Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage... Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings will bow in worship before Jesus..."
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."