“Tend the flock of God…” Peter offers a string of advice to Christian leaders: Tend the flock (2), humble yourselves (6), cast your cares on God (7), discipline yourself (8), resist the devil (9). Peter seems to have a different kind of advice than what I hear at many pastors and leader’s conferences today. What does humility, casting our cares on God, discipline, and resisting the devil have to do with Christian leadership and tending the flock of God for you? In the midst of mission and ministry; Jesus, help us stay close to you heart and your ways.
“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Self-control involves feelings, thought, and actions. Behavior and actions that are out of control are a clear signal that something is off in our lives. What actions, habits, and embodied behaviors are “out of control” in my life these days? What might God be doing to help me bring my body in line with His will and His holiness? O Holy Spirit, let there be a consistency between my words and my actions, that all may know I belong to you.
“…think on these things.” Self-control involves our thinking as well as our feelings and bodies. We are transformed, “by the renewing of our minds.” Why is it so important to discipline and control our thought life? How does our thinking affect and change us? Lord Jesus, help us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Amen.
“Each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable…” Sometimes it is easy to talk about godly character in some theoretical way, disconnected from what we live in our body. “Self-control” is the embodiment of bringing the body under the discipline of heart and mind. Why is it tempting to have an intellectual faith separated from the body? Why is our body and what we do with it important to our faith and ministry? Spirit of God, only through your power may I live a holy and honorable life. Empower me.