1 Peter 5:1-5 NLT
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Reflection . . .
Humility is a characteristic that God honours. He expects it from leaders, especially those who care for, pastor the people of God — church leaders.
Humility is something we have to put on, like clothes. It doesn’t necessarily come easily or naturally to everyone. It involves work and attentivenss. It’s also one of the Beatitudes, from Jesus’ teaching, the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Humility is at the heart of the first Beatitude “Poor in Spirit” (5:3), and then it is repeated in another form “those who are meek” (5:5) or the humble as the more modern translations say.
As we see in the passage above in 1 Peter 5, humility is for everyone, not just the leaders, but the whole church! It is to be a characteristic of the church, of all believers! Wow!
Let’s clothe ourselves in Humility! How do we do that? First of all, by recognizing our need for God and asking for His cleansing and restoration, and then by offering ourselves in service to Him as is outlined in Psalm 51.
- Ask for mercy (vs. 1)
- Ask for cleansing (vs. 7)
- Ask for restoration (vs. 12)
- Offer a broken and repentant heart (vs. 17)