1 Peter 5
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
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.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Insignificant & Small
What does it mean to be humble? How do we clothe ourselves with it in our relationships with each other? The word translated here humble or humility means lowliness of mind. It literally means the esteeming of ourselves as small. It means seeing ourselves as someone who is small and insignificant. It is the opposite of seeing ourselves as the big shot or the best. Being humble is not bragging or trying to put ourselves forward. The word translated clothe in today’s reading means what you might imagine. To cling to something in the same way we put clothes on in the morning. Peter admonishes us in this passage to be a humble people. We must view ourselves as small and not be prideful. We are then to get up each morning and cling to this kind of an attitude throughout the day. We need to consciously remember what Christ has done for us and seek to not exalt ourselves but others. Clothing ourselves with humility means to intentionally think of ourselves as small and not the most important or the best person. Are you living successfully in this area? How can you improve?
How does someone who is humble demonstrate it?
In what ways can you become more humble?
How can you “clothe” yourself with humility each day?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?