Humble Yourself [1 Peter 5:6 Daily Devotional]
There are many things in God’s kingdom that seem counterintuitive, and this verse is no exception. At least in the United States, we live in a world where we are expected to perform and broadcast how great our performance is. Our society is centered on how great we are or how great we can be. What Peter is saying here, though, is that we need to do the opposite. Instead of trying to promote ourselves, we need to humble ourselves so that we may be promoted when the time is right. Humility in faith pleases God, and he will lift up those who are humble. Of course, when that happens, we’ll be changed people and we won’t find great pleasure in promoting ourselves anymore.
Humility isn’t self-hate or thinking less of yourself. Humility simply means thinking about others first. The easiest way to do this is through serving others. When you serve another person, you’re putting their needs ahead of your own and trusting that they will take care of your needs, too. This is a vulnerable place to be, but the vulnerability is worth it. Living in this kind of humility is pleasing to God, and as Peter promises in this verse, this kind of humility leads to being lifted up in God’s sight.
Find people to serve. Find a church you like and give your time and energy there serving your community. You can also find some other worthy cause to give your time to. The important thing for you to do here, though, is to serve people and love them as Jesus loves you – unconditionally.
Jesus, thank you for the ability to serve others. Help me to humble myself enough to do what you’ve called me to do. Show me opportunities to lift others up before you, and give me the strength to humble myself before you. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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