Day 26: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 26

Be shepherds of God’s flock. . . . And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory. ~ 1 Peter 5:2, 4

 

We’ve all heard that teachers and spiritual leaders will be judged by a different measure than the rest of us. James tells us, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1). People who are given positions of authority and leadership in the body of Christ are expected to live as examples and mentors to those who are younger and weaker in their faith. God expects more from them and more of them. Because of this, they can also expect a greater measure of respect during their days on earth. Paul tells Timothy, “Elders who do their work well should be paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).

It makes sense, then, that on the day of salvation, such people will receive a special reward from Jesus. Those who were given great responsibility on earth and carried out their duties well will receive the crown of glory.

Peter exhorts such people this way: “Care for the flock of God 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 good example. And when the head Shepherd comes, your reward will be a never-ending share in his glory and honor” (1 Peter 5:2-4).

The reason we appoint certain people as elders and teachers is because that’s what God wants them to be. They are of his choosing, not ours. They are serving his church, not their own. They are to be examples of his love and goodness, not the world’s. And they will be judged by God’s standards, not ours.

Being called to such a position is the greatest honor a person could ask for this side of heaven. And if done well, can lead to one of the greatest honors a person could ask for on the other side of it as well.

 

Daily Readings:

  • 1 Timothy 3:2-7
  • 1 Timothy 5
  • 1 Peter 5:1
  • 1 Peter 5:5
John McSharry

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