1And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2Care for the flock that God has 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.
Eldors, pastors, overseers, leader in the church. We all have a responsibility of leading and caring for those in the church. This includes discipling them and training them in the ways of following Christ. Being consistent and feeding them with God's Word. We do this, not for money or what we may get out of it but to set an example of our devotion to Christ.
3Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
We are not to lead with a heavy hand, we are to lead by example. We are to be humble, obedient and to serve. That is how leaders will receive their glory.
5In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
6So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Do not lead with pride. Accept the authority you were given in Christ as a servant. Do not be showy, it is in God's time that you will be lifted up in honor.
7Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Through out God's word it has been emphasized that God is deeply concerned for us as one of his children. We are to turn all of our worries over to Him and have complete faith in the fact that He will handle everything.
8Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
When the first humans chose to defy God, they became slaves to sin. They gave up their authority over creation that God gave to them. Satan now had control. But as a follower of Jesus, and because of His suffering, we have been fully equipped to defeat Satan and his schemes.
10In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11All power to him forever! Amen.
We are to share in the glory of Jesus Christ. Yes we may suffer, but we will be restored, supported and strengthened through Him. Because of His power, we get to stand on a strong foundation.
Peter’s Final Greetings
12I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.
13Your sister church here in Babylon sends you greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14Greet each other with a kiss of love.
Peace be with all of you who are in Christ.