Ever So 'Umble

OPENING PRAYER

Lord, You are my resting place, my faithful promise-keeping God.

 

Read: 1 PETER 5:1-7

[1] To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: [2] Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; [3] not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. [4] And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. [5] In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” [6] Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. [7] Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 

 

Reflect: HOW ARE WE TO CLOTHE OURSELVES? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Humility has had bad press ever since Uriah Heep, an unlikeable character in Charles Dickens’s book David Copperfield, described himself as living in an “‘umble” abode and having picked up so much “‘umbleness” at school.Yet humility is the focus of Peter’s message here, which he addresses first to church leaders, those at the top end of the authority spectrum (1-4), before turning to the younger members of the church (5). He emphasizes that all of us, whether we are church leaders or not, are called to humility (5b). Clearly some of the elders were throwing their weight around and needed correcting! So Peter reminds us of the example of Christ (4) and the desire of God (2). “Clothe yourselves with humility,” urges Peter. It’s a daily habit that, just like getting dressed, should become second nature. And it goes hand in hand with throwing all our anxieties, all our worries and cares, onto Christ. By handing those over (“throwing them hard” or “hurling them,” v. 7) to Christ, we free ourselves to be dressed in humility and to respond to the needs and anxieties of those around us. Look at verses 4 and 6 to see what the reward will be!

 

APPLY

Consciously “put on” Christ’s humility now, as you pray. What do you need from Jesus to do that?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Coming King, we await Your return and hope for the crown of glory for those who overcome.

 

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