1 Peter 5
1 Peter 5:1-14
- Peter starts by encouraging the elders in the church to serve the people of God as overseers. They are called to do this because they are willing to do so, as God wants them to be. Their attitude is to be positive, with an eagerness to serve and a desire to be an example for the flock of God.
- When the Chief Shepherd returns, those who have been faithful will receive the crown of glory that will not fade away.
- Peter then urges the young men to show humility by submitting to those who are older.
- All people are called to clothe themselves with humility, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. The hope is that as people humble themselves, God will raise them up in His timing. In our humility, we are called to cast our worries on God, because He cares about us.
- He then encourages people to watch themselves carefully and watch out for the devil. Everyone will experience suffering in this life (all around the world) but we are called to stand firm in our faith and resist the devil and his temptations.
- Finally, God, who has been faithful and called us to glory, will be the one to restore us and make us strong, firm, and steadfast.
- Peter ends with his closing remarks to his recipients, offering greetings from those around him.
A few things jumped out at me as I read 1 Peter 5 this morning, but I want to focus in on humility. The young men are called to be humble and submit to those who are older. I feel like as a child, it is easy to submit to those who are older, because you are young and you recognize the experience and wisdom of those who have lived longer than you. However, as one gets older, it can be more difficult to be humble and submit oneself as there is this sense within the self that “I am an adult like you, we are equals now”. But in a sense, isn’t this trying to lift ourselves up to glory? Puffing ourselves up in pride so that others will see our worth and how great we are? Instead, we are called to throw our insecurities at the feet of Jesus and trust that He’ll take care of everything in due time.
Jesus, I want to live out the humility and love that you showed when you washed the feet of your disciples. I pray that humility would win out in my heart everyday, that I would be challenged by your Spirit to view others better than myself. I do these things not for my own glory, but to glorify your name. Jesus, would you make yourself known today. Amen.
Posted on Wed, August 12, 2015
by Brian Landers