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First, we serve in this work as overseers. Second, we serve as stewards. This ministry we are given to care for by oversight is entrusted to us as stewards.
We are watching over a work and ministry that is not ultimately ours. Leaders especially Christian leaders within a church context must take care not to be ensnared by the trap of thinking that the work entrusted to them is their own personal possession. Those snared in this trap quickly find themselves in danger of seeking dishonest gains from the work under their care.
This is why so many Christian leaders have opted to use the title Pastor in the work they are appointed to. Even a hurried reading of the Gospels makes clear that Peter was all but overcome by shame after his three-time denial of Christ on the night of His arrest. But after His resurrection, Jesus sought Peter out to restore and commission him for service.
In John 21 we are invited to witness the restoration and reappointment.
How to Shepherd the Flock of God
Now though there is disagreement among some scholars and commentators, I think the dialog in the original Greek text is truly enlightening. Peter is grieved by the third inquiry. Previously Peter had denied Jesus in response to three different inquiries. The assignment is the same: Feed and tend My lambs! This leads to a very simple conclusion. This is the love described by Paul in 1 Corinthians If your leadership is characterized by this kind of love, then you will grow in influence and stature as a leader. And I think it is absolutely true, if you are a loving leader, you will be a loved leader.
Moreover, if you this important quality is at the heart of your leadership then the next important point in this text. We are not drafted or forced into this service.
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That is, they were servants by choice, not by force. And that love, when properly understood, should increase our love for Him, which in turn should compel our love for others in very practical and Christlike ways.
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And those that fill the office of leader should do so recognizing the next truth in the passage. We quickly find ourselves drifting into dangerous territory when we begin to see the position as our possession. As stated previously, leaders are not lords.
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Those who rule as barons over their plot have forgotten the exhortation to shepherd the flock of God which is among them as servants. But those who recognize the importance of leadership as a stewardship will be good examples to the flock, and they will realize the final point of the passage.
As I said previously, none of these things is earth-shatteringly new.