Humility

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 5:5-11

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. (v. 5 NIV)

Humility is an attitude that enables us to serve each other in ordinary and
down-to-earth ways. Humility thinks neither too highly of itself nor too lowly (cf. Rom.
12:3).

Both our creation and our redemption teach us humility. Carl Sagan, the astronomer,
suggests that we think of earth as “a pale blue dot” floating in space, like a mote of
airborne dust made visible by a sunbeam in the living room. Sagan thinks there is perhaps
no better demonstration of the folly of human conceit than this image of our world. We are
very small. The psalmist agrees: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers .
. . what is man that you are mindful of him . . . that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).

But for Christians our redemption also teaches humility. In the cross we see the
greatness of our sin, and we also see the wonder of God’s care. For the humble, the cross
looms very large.

A person clothed with humility is someone finished trying to maneuver him- or herself
into the limelight, yearning for applause. Instead of being continually on the hunt for
glory, the humble recognize themselves as debtors to grace, and declare: “May I never
boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). The humble serve, not for
gratitude, but out of gratitude.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, you are our glory. Amen.