Summary: When we find ourselves thinking that what we need is more, let’s commit to becoming less. Don’t submit to circumstances, but to the Lord who controls circumstances.
In Humble Submission
Living in this world does not come easy, everyone struggles. It should be of no surprise as Jesus Himself tells us that in this world we will have tribulations (troubles) in this life. But we often have a tendency to think that if we just had a little more “something”, things would be easier. More money, more prestige, more power, more stuff. If God could just bless us with more, things would be better. That’s what we think. If we could just have more, or be more, all would be well.
But that’s not what God tells us.
I. More Requires less
A. God tells us that more requires less.
…and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward on another, For God is opposed to the proud, But gives grace to the humble… 1 Peter 5:5
a) The Greek word here is derived from egkombomai, (eng-comb-bow'-om-eye) which meant to tie or knot something together and most often referred to a garment with ties or strings.
b) The komboma was an apron a servant wore while working. Peter's meaning in “to clothe yourselves with humility” means to put on the apron and go to work, humbly serving one another.
c) Philippians 2:3-5 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
B. God asks for less me and more thee
a) Young people should follow the leadership of the older people (especially those in authority over them as elders). The elders, in turn, should lead by example. All should actively serve one another (1 Peter 5:1-5).
b) No doubt Peter remembered how Christ clothed himself with humility as he washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17).
c) Peter quoted from Proverbs 3:34 to make his point. Believers must deal with one another in humility because “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble”.
d) Not only does pride keep people from listening to or following God, it also can keep older people from trying to understand young people and young people from listening to those who are older.
e) Humility allows believers to live faithfully on earth with the promise of His grace.
f) The verbs are in the present tense, God continually opposes those who are proud; God continually gives grace to the humble.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
C. To be lifted up, I must knell down
a) Therefore, because God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, Peter admonished the believers to humble themselves.
b) This would be an act of the will; humility does not come naturally. But when believers humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, they are actually submitting to his power and authority.