clothed in humility
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Clothed in Humility
I came across a collection of notes written to the pastor from children in different churches and thought you might enjoy them like I did;
Dear Pastor, I would like to go to heaven someday because I know my brother won’t be there. Stephen. Age 8
Dear Pastor, I know God loves everybody but He never met my sister. Yours sincerely, Arnold. Age 7
Dear Pastor, I think a lot more people would come to your church if you moved it to Disneyland. Loreen. Age 9.
Dear Pastor, Please say a prayer for our Little League team. We need God’s help or a new pitcher. Thank you. Alexander. Age 10
Dear Pastor, Are there any devils on earth? I think there may be one in my class. Carla. Age 10
Dear Pastor, I liked your sermon on Sunday. Especially when it was finished. Ralph, Age 11
I love the freshness and honesty of kids. They will serve up whatever is on their minds and quite frankly keep us humble. However, I am looking for that kid, Ralph. He’s trouble!
The 5th chapter talks about our relationships with one another, from the leaders to the young people. In the center of the chapter, Peter gives us a great key to building positive, godly relationships. That key is humility. In verses 5 and 6 we learn that we are to clothe ourselves with humility toward each other and that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Then he tells us “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
What powerful words he gives us! Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us things God hates…
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Notice the first thing he despises is “haughty eyes.” Pride is the beginning of the worst behavior. In 1 John 2:16 three areas of worldly weakness are listed; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (the NASB translates it, “the boastful pride of life”). Our pride is the area in which we are most likely to get offended. When we are offended, we are likely to retaliate in sinful ways.
Jesus told his disciples that if we lift ourselves up, God will bring us down.
Well known professional football coach Chan Gailey told the following story at one of his speaking engagements. He got his start coaching football at Alabama's Troy State University. In 1984, with a 12-1 record, he led the Troy State Trojans to a Division II NCAA national championship. A week before the big game, he was headed to the practice field when a secretary called him back to take a phone call.
Somewhat irritated, Gailey told her to take a message because he was on his way to practice.
She responded, "But it's Sports Illustrated."
"I'll be right there," he said.
As he made his way to the building, he began to think about the upcoming article. It would be great publicity for a small school like Troy State to be in Sports Illustrated. As he got closer, he realized that a three-page article would not be sufficient to tell the whole story. Coming even closer to his office, he started thinking that he might be on the cover. "Should I pose or go with an action shot," he wondered. His head was spinning with all of the possibilities.
When he picked up the phone and said hello, the person asked, "Is this Chan Gailey?"
"Yes, it is," he replied confidently.
"This is Sports Illustrated, and we're calling to let you know that your subscription is running out. Are you interested in renewing?"
Someone said, “Pride comes before a fall.” Let us follow Peter’s advice and let God be the one who lifts us up rather than lifting ourselves up. He blesses the humble.
Our humility will demonstrate the presence of God in our lives in a beautiful way.
This Sunday our series of messages from Peter’s writings, Living Hope will continue with The Church Is Connected based on 1 Peter 5:1-11. I pray that you will join us for this powerful teaching from God’s Word, either in person, or on Facebook Live. God has something for you that you need.
Humbly serving Him with you,