The last chapter of 1 Peter has a lot to say about humility. At first glance, its words appear to only apply to the leaders of the church but it might help to remember we are all called to be leaders in some form or fashion. We, as Peter said earlier, are all part of the priesthood. So, your lack of a church title doesn’t get you off the hook! We all have a role to play in advancing the kingdom of God.
Humility is not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. It’s about recognizing that whatever talents we’ve been given and whatever blessings we’ve received come from God and are to be used for God’s glory. Sometimes, when we think too highly of ourselves God has a way of humbling us … or perhaps we have a way of humbling ourselves. I know that when I want to impress people the most, I am most prone to tripping over a non-existent thread, wearing two different socks, or having a bad hair day. Ever notice that about yourself?
So, how do we deal with the stress of knowing what God expects from us … and knowing ourselves and our limitations? Peter has an answer for that as well. He reminds us to cast all our anxieties on God because God cares for us and will help us. Have doubts about your ability to do something you feel God is calling you to do? Call on God for strength and assurance, and then step into the task. You are not expected to deal with this on your own.
As we end this week’s meditations and Peter’s first letter in Scripture, it helps to remember that, even as Peter writes about all that God wants from us, God also wants us to enjoy our lives. Today’s meditation ends with closing words from Peter’s first letter: “Stand fast in the grace of God and peace to all of you who are in Christ.” Amen.
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