Like verse 7 yesterday, verse 8 follows hard on the heels of Peter’s exhortation to leaders to shepherd, submit, and behave humbly with one another. Reading through that yesterday what struck me is that the immediate context of Peter’s warning about the destructive intent of the enemy was in the context of his exhortation to those leaders.
It seems that the enemy comes after leaders in the way that Peter describes:
- Discouraging them from shepherding the flock
- Financial pressure
- Serving out of duty rather than a desire to serve Christ’s Body
- Becoming dictatorial
- Becoming proud of what one has accomplished
- Becoming anxious about the impact one is making in one’s ministry