1 Peter 5:5 (ESV): 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5 begins with instructions to the elders, to the pastors, of the churches receiving this letter. Peter instructed pastors to exercise oversight willingly, eagerly, being examples to the church.
Then Peter instructed those who were younger to be subject to the elders. Elders were often older in age to the rest of the church, but not necessarily. Timothy was an example of a pastor who was younger. Paul told Timothy not to be intimidated by those who were focusing on ideas and teachings that were destructive to their faith, but rather to lead the church as one skilled in the Word.
Regardless of age or office in the church, Peter commanded everyone to put on a certain type of clothing: humility toward one another. His exhortation was accompanied by a promise and a warning that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Reading God’s Word and writing down these thoughts, I am already dressed for the day. I have several more things to do to get ready, such as eating breakfast, preparing a lunch to go, getting the boys ready for school, etc., but I could virtually walk out the door now if necessary.
The question is: have I forgotten that essential piece of clothing, the spiritual clothing of humility expressed toward others?
If I leave home without that submission to the will of the Holy Spirit and determined patience with others, I can find myself in trouble quickly – being perturbed by little things, unwilling to listen and value the thoughts and positions of others, blinded by my own puffed-up importance.
Instead, I choose to don the garb of humility toward others, seeking to be patient with all, not deluded by thoughts of self-grandeur.
Heavenly Father, may I imitate Christ in my attitudes, thoughts, and actions today. Help me to display humility as Christ was humble. In Jesus’ name, Amen.