1 Peter 5
To the Elders and the Flock
1 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 glorythat 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.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
February 16 Devotional 1 Peter 5
1. What 3 things do you learn about Peter in verse 1 & how does that impact his message?
He is a fellow _______________________________.
He witnessed _______________________________.
He will share in _____________________________.
2. Verses 2 & 3 tell us some ways we should serve AND some ways we should NOT serve.
a. Watch over them because you are _____________________ NOT because ________________________________.
b. Not pursuing _________________________ BUT ____________________ to serve.
c. Be an example NOT one who _________________________________ those you serve.
Verse 4 tells us why: ________________________________________________________________________________
What kind of leader/servant are you?
3. Peter gives us pointed instructions for success in our walk of faith. He says: Submit to elders (vs. 5), Show humility to each other (vs. 5), Humble yourself under God’s hand (vs. 6), Place ALL your cares/anxieties on Him (vs. 7), Have an alert mind (vs. 8), Be willing to fight back against evil…resist, stand firm (vs. 9).
Think about the instructions mentioned above as you read the closing verse in this book.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever.
How can you live out these instructions in your life right now?