Summary: As under-shepherds, we are called to “share in the suffering of Christ.” But in our suffering, we can entrust ourselves to Him who judges righteously.
1 Peter 2:21-23 says “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.”
Ministry is ripe for retribution and a desire to extract revenge. Those we serve sabotage our efforts, subvert our vision and sever healthy relationships. We should not be shocked since the Great Shepherd drank this bitter cup.
As under-shepherds, we are called to “share in the suffering of Christ.” Those you serve will wound you. You will be maligned, gossiped about, falsely accused and your character called into question. These are givens for those enlisted in ministry. However, we now have a choice. Do we take up arms or do we entrust ourselves to Him who judges righteously?
Peter summarizes, “Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but give a blessing instead.” We have an example to follow in the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, lay down your feelings of injustice. Come to the High Priest who experienced these temptations and yet did not sin. Pray to Him, for He knows.