1 Peter 5:1-7
Tending the Flock of God
8203;Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.
In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
That's how you ask us to care.
That's a pretty big ask.
We can just about manage willingly.
God may our care be ramped up that extra notch.
So that willing becomes eager.
So that we share all that you have so graciously given us
with an eagerness that matches your willingness to keep on giving.
An acknowledgement that all that we are
and all that we have
comes from you.
And, in caring for others
not just willingly
we honour you.