1 Peter 5:1 1 minutes to read

1 Peter 5:1

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:

How do you motivate people you lead to accept a difficult challenge you think they need to be successful?

Before we examine what exhortation Peter gives to those he leads, and who also lead others, let’s notice how he attempts to maximize his influence.

As important as his information is he prefaces it with an attempt to make a personal connection with his audience. He does this in two important ways. First, he reminds them that he is part of the group he is addressing. He includes himself with them in the group he is exhorting. He lets them know he is not above them but among them when he calls himself “a fellow elder.”

After he makes a personal connection with them he makes a connection with the person he knows they have the highest respect for… Jesus Christ. He highlights that he is both a witness of Christ’s sufferings and a partaker in his glory.

We can all take a lesson from Peter when we want to influence those we lead:
Make a personal connection by associating with the group or individual;
Make a personal connection with Christ. We are all in “this” together and “this” is all about following Christ in the midst of difficult times.

Reflection

Who is it that you lead? Are you making personal connections with them? Do they see you connecting this challenge to the high call of following Jesus or a lower, less important calling?

Prayer

God, may I make personal connection to those I lead and be careful to help them see that we are all just trying to follow Jesus. Help me build these connections knowing that influence flows from relationship.