Grace to the humble!
Scripture reading for November 13th: 1st Peter 5
The heart is the main focus of our Lord regarding men and women. (Mark 7:20-23) Man focuses on the exterior and appearances, and what others might think. Peter finished his letter to the suffering church and her leadership by addressing their need for humility and God’s grace!
“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve, not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1st Peter 5:1-3) Elders must remain humble and serve willingly. Just telling people what they should do was not enough, they must humbly live as examples. The promise was a “crown of glory” from Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd! (vs 4)
“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” (1st Peter 5:5-6) Peter emphasized humility to young men and all of those in the church. The principle is simple: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We can either humble ourselves or have God opposing us! That should be an easy choice for anyone with spiritual sense! His grace will truly lift us up–all the way to His eternal kingdom! God is looking for a heart of humility and willing submission to shower His grace upon.