(1 Peter 5:6-11) Pastor Carol Weist
1 Peter 5:6 urges us: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.”
“Clothe yourselves in humility in your dealings with one another,” as 1 Peter 5:5, the verse leading into this verse says.
It is OK to outfit ourselves with humility, even though false pride may still sneak in once in a while. There is such a thing as false humility, which is a hypocritical act, a lie, using a false front for selfish, wicked ends. There is also a genuine, heartfelt desire to follow through on Jesus’ example of humility.
There is genuine learning to be humble following Jesus’ example. Listen as Paul describes this in Philippians 2: 1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus humbled himself to humbly care for us. In the process he did not deny his self worth. He did not give up speaking out.
When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God we do not deny our self worth, rather God gives us self worth.
We still may end up speaking out, but not from the perspective of having more knowledge than God. Humility acknowledges the worth that other people have according to God.
Humility prepares us, humility frees us, to cast all our anxieties, worries, concerns and troubles on God. Continue reading