1Peter 5:2-3 feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly: not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind: Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. ~ Each one of us has a realm of influence. God divinely places us in the lives of people around us so that we can be epistles to them. God places us in families so that we can be a light to them to bring them into encounters with Christ by the way that we live and the way that we speak. But we are to be careful that we do this by being examples and not by trying to control them or manipulate them. We have to remember that they are His workmanship, not ours. We are called to love them like Christ loved the church and continually lift them up in prayer to our Heavenly Father. We are called to stand in the gap, to be willing to lay our lives down as a sacrifice so that others might live. When we do this, Christ is revealed and life is brought forth. That’s how our families and the world is going to be saved.
Father, help us to be examples to a lost and dying world that they might see Christ. Let our confidence and our hope be in you, not in man. Help us to love like you love….