When are we called to lead?: 1 Peter Graduated Blog Tour Week 9

It’s been 9 weeks since starting this inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter by Sue Edwards, and wow have I learned a lot. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives and what we have to get done that we read the Bible to check it off our list, to get another thing done and don’t think twice about. This Bible study has reminded me to slow down and really consider what we are being taught, and how to apply them to our lives daily.

Week 9 covers the final chapter of 1 Peter, chapter 5 which is aimed at speaking to the elders and the young people, and also touches a lot on leadership and how one can help the other.

I feel that very often we hear about leadership, we’re asked to step up into a position, to become a leader, to help out those younger than us. Sometimes I feel the church (I use this term loosely, and refer more to is always searching for leaders to take on more responsibility, to be a role model to the younger generations.

I often forget that sometimes being asked to lead does not mean I should say yes, that sometimes I am just not read to lead, or God is does not want me to lead at the time, or in that position. Sometimes we get over our heads and lead because it sounds like a good opportunity or we like to be in charge, or we feel obligated too but when asked we need to take a step back and prayerfully consider each opportunity, and sometimes as Patsy Clairmont likes to put it we need to respond with a ‘Holy No.’ A no we cannot do that at this time.

1 Peter 5:2-3 reminds us that being a leader does not give us the right to lord over others, but its to set an example.

“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;  not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

 

This is an especially hard lesson for me, I’m not very good at saying no. And by not very good I mean not at all. I don’t like disappointing others, I want people to know they can count on me, but sometimes saying yes is detrimental to not only myself spiritually but also to those I am leading. So before saying yes, take a step back and consider where God is leading you, and if what you are being asked is in His plans for you.

-Elle

 

The 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times was provided to me complimentary from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is an inductive Bible Study by Sue Edwards.

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