Day 5--Read: 1 Peter 5:1-4
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: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Reflect: How are those who are mature in their faith supposed to exercise their gifts and serve?
Consider: The suffering and persecution faced by believers (4:12–19) puts a strain on the entire community. Both leaders and those who are younger must, in such a situation, respond appropriately to others in the church. More specifically, since judgment begins with God’s household (vv. 17–18), those in the church are exhorted to live in a way that pleases God, so that they can avoid the judgment that will be imposed on the ungodly.5
Respond: Look for opportunities to serve. Serve with gladness in your heart so others might see Christ in you.
5 Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 231.