Devotion – July 23, 2015 – Submit Yourself

1peter5_5Be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
—1 Peter 5:5

Submissiveness can be difficult.  You have to humble yourself and put the needs of others above yourself…and your ego.  We are called to submit ourselves to those who are older and respect them.  But the our passage today goes even further, we are called to humble ourselves towards one another.  In other words, we are to humble ourselves to everyone, to consider others and their needs more important than our own.

Humility and submission go against our sinful nature.  We are, by nature, proud and selfish.  Thankfully, we have a God who not only calls us to humility, but came to us humbly.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
-Philippians 2:5-8

In humility, Christ came, served us, and died for us that we might be forgiven of our sin (even the sin of pride) and saved.  Being freed from sin, we are now called to live as Christ lived, in humble service towards one another.

Heavenly Father,

All too often we act out of pride and selfishness.  We fear being taken advantage of and we desire being lifted up.  We humbly confess this and ask your forgiveness.  Thank you for humbling Yourself and dying for us.  Help us to live as you did, humbly serving others in Your name.  Help us, especially, to submit to our elders.

Amen

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