Serve Spontaneously

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Peter 5:1-4

. . . care for God’s flock . . . not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. (v. 2, The Message)

These verses remind me of my missionary colleague Sam. He not only served the Mayan people group (Tzeltal) with diligence and a tender touch, but Sam was always quick to help me too-to grab my heavy bags, load heavy boxes, open doors. He was always alert to pitch in, no rewards expected. Sam is an ‘elder,’ ordained pastor, retired veteran missionary, Bible translator and writer, but always jumping to pitch in with a smile and a flourish. Thanks, Sam.

In these verses Peter’s focus shifts briefly to leadership styles, a dominant subject these days. We live in the celebrity age where people are stimulated to seek for popularity, media attention, big money and a place in the sun. Peter’s emphasis is different for Jesus’ followers: Focus on the crown of glory which the Chief Shepherd awards. It will never fade away. How are you doing in the contest for the camera? Is Jesus your style model?


Lord, help me to do a servant thing today, not out of duty or for recognition, but because I want to serve humbly and meaningfully as Jesus did. Amen.