Calvary Baptist Church

An Independent Baptist Church in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

Be clothed with humility

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for GOD resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

The Pastors responsibility is to shepherd the flock—not because they have to, but because they want to. Moreover, the church leader must not lord it over the people, because

  • The flock doesn't belong to him, and
  • The Pastor is after all a ‘hired hand’ and must give account to GOD for what he did with the flock

In addition, Peter said, this is the example for the entire flock as well. Humility and servitude ought to be as clearly evident in everyone’s life as it was in our Saviours life when He walked the earth He had created. So, as a follower of Christ, may we always be submissive to one another, being always clothed in humility [a reminder for Peter that Jesus showed by example true humility when He wore only a towel and washed His disciples feet] and be ready to cast all our cares upon Him.

And consider this, the three great enemies of the believer are the world, the flesh, and the devil. They are all equally dangerous, but probably the hardest sometimes to deal with and subdue is the flesh! In light of that, Peter was divinely inspired to write that the antidote for overcoming the FLESH [pride, selfishness—i.e. sins of the heart] is HUMILITY

So be truly clothed with humility—just as our LORD JESUS was