1Pe 5:5 “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 (Prov 3.34). 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Today we are going to talk a bit about the subject of humility and the need to humble ourselves under His mighty hand. In part, we humble ourselves by casting all of our care on Him. The Lord cares for you… He cares about your soul, He cares about your marriage, He cares about your fears and needs….and we will see here that He cares about what is in your heart. Peter tells us that the body of Christ is to be clothed with the garment of humility towards others. So let’s take a brief look at this subject of humility. Biblical humility is only possible by the power of God’s Spirit. Humility has nothing to hide and nothing to prove. Humility is teachable. Humility is approachable. One of the most beautiful attributes within a person’s life, and most certainly within the life of any church family is true, Christ-like humility. Humility is that downright honesty about ourselves before The Lord Jesus and one another. Humility is necessary for true fellowship in The Spirit. In fact, this attribute of humility can only be cultivated and grow within the context of fellowship. It is the opposite of the attitude of the Pharisee in Luke 18.
When it comes to sin, according to the apostle John, humility is walking in the light as He is in the light. It is agreeing with God when it comes to confessing my sin. It is calling greed, greed. It is calling lust, lust. And the net result of this walking in the light with God is that we will have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Humility doesn’t wear a mask, it is does not shrink back from getting close to others because we are afraid that our human imperfections or easily besetting sins will eventually surface and need to be confessed and dealt with or explained away. We all have imperfections and easily besetting sins, don’t we? We are all sinners, we are all flawed; that is how we entered the human race, and that is how we will exit this world. That is why we need The Savior Jesus Christ.
In closing, Jesus said, Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Jesus, Who is humility Incarnate is calling out to you and me today. As we study the life of Jesus in the gospels, we discover the humility of heaven in human flesh as He fellowshipped with The Father, and ministered to the multitudes. His example of humility was beautiful, practical, and holy. The Holy Spirit of God is working in your life today, beloved, so that you would be partakers of this very same Christ-like humility. May you impact the pride-filled, me-filled world today with the others-minded humility of our beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ. It is by walking in the meekness and loneliness of Christ, that we find rest in a world of stress and turmoil, and bring glory to God.