Daily Devotion, 4-28-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Know Your “PD”
Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-11

In my years in the military and then working for the military as a civilian, I learned the importance of a clear description of responsibilities and duties in my various jobs and in the various jobs of those with whom I worked. We called these “PDs” (Position Descriptions). I found that if everyone focused on what they were hired to do, then we were able to accomplish the mission and goals of our directorate. The same is true in the church with one exception: we are called by God and even if some are compensated, we do what we do because we are called and not because of money.

In today’s reading from 1 Peter 5, Peter outlines very clearly the responsibilities of elders in the church as well as the responsibility of those who are younger. The elders are called to be good shepherds who care for and watch over God’s flock not out of obligation but out of a willing spirit. God does not want us to be good shepherds because of personal or dishonest gain but rather because we are eager to serve God and those whom God has entrusted to us by setting a good example.

Just as the elders have responsibilities, so do the younger people. Peter advises the younger to be humble and to submit to the elders. He reminds the people of what King Solomon, who was noted to be incredibly wise, says in Proverbs 3:34, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble”. He also advises the young to give my anxiety toon the Lord, be alert and of clear mind, resist the enemy but acknowledge he (the enemy) is eager to inflict suffering on God’s people.

Finally, to both the young and old, Peter provides words of hope through God’s promise to restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast. The mission of all of this is to glorify God. Some of us are older than others and have learned a little bit in life that is worth sharing. And some of us are younger and could learn a little bit about how to remain steadfast in times such as these when we find ourselves facing many challenges. But God has laid out a plan through Peter that makes a lot of sense to me. I find myself as both an elder and a younger person. I am still learning and growing in Christ myself, while I still learn from the many elders God has placed in life. As a result, I have continued, throughout my life, in the good times and the bad, to experience God’s grace, cast my worries on God and realize God’s power will sustain me. It is my prayer that you and I, as elders and “youngers”, might realize the hope and beauty of Peter’s position descriptions and the rich blessings of adhering to them no matter how old or young we are.

Dear God, Thank you for placing people of all ages in our life so that we might continue to grow and learn together and share our faith, passing on the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and Your amazing grace. Help us to be receptive to the various roles that you place us in whether it is to lead and guide or to receive and grow. And help us to give all of our anxiety to you in these uncertain times, find hope in your promises and, remain strong, firm and steadfast in our faith in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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