Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly--not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.... In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for "God opposes the proud but favors the humble."
1 Peter 5:2,3,5 NIV
Here is another passage we can glean principles of servant leadership by how Peter instructed the church elders and the younger men how to lead and interact with each other. I think these principles can apply not just within the Church but to our leadership style wherever the Lord has placed us:
- Willingly care for the people under our leadership. Seek what is best for them and help them grow and succeed.
- Don't lead because of what we can get out of it, but because we are eager to serve God.
- Don't use a position of power and authority to smack people down or show them who is boss.
- Lead others by setting a good example for them.
- Accept the authority of those we are under.
- Serve each other in humility.
Continue to apply these principles in my life and every area I lead, at home with my wife and children, at work, and at church.
Lord, thank you for teaching us throughout Scripture all these principles that lead to abundant life. Thank you for the servant leadership example that Jesus perfectly modeled for us, and for Peter, who experienced Jesus' leadership first-hand and was able to encourage and challenge the Church to live out this leadership example You set for us. Please help me to lead well. Give me strength to do what is right, to lift people up and lead them like You, my Good Shepherd! I love you.