All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Pride is self-glorification. Our culture encourages pridefulness, but in the church of Jesus Christ, we live by different motives. Our purpose is not to pridefully exalt ourselves over others but to humble ourselves before others. We do not seek to have others serve us, but we seek to serve others. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of this attitude. Although he was the Lord of heaven and earth, he became a servant and surrendered his life for us. Jesus is the servant-king, and he invites us to follow in his ways.
Leadership within the church requires this attitude. When we humble ourselves before one another and seek to serve rather than to be served, beautiful things begin to grow. Servant leadership creates an environment where every person is equally valued. This releases us from the dehumanizing oppression of the world and allows everyone to grow to spiritual maturity.
Lord, raise us to be humble people and deliver us from pride. Let us create an environment where everyone is valued, and each person can come to know your grace.