The Promise of Humility


Humility is the key to blessings, both here on earth and one day in heaven.

1 Peter 5:5-7

Jesus’ life exemplified humility. While on earth, He did not assert His rights, but cloaking himself with humanity, He chose to live in full obedience as a servant to His Father (Phil. 2:5-7). He laid aside His rightful glory and authority and humbled Himself to the point of death on a cross.

Our Savior’s example was and is countercultural. This world does not value humility; rather, our culture applauds high achievement, outward beauty, elevated positions, or exceptional skills. But Christ calls His disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him (Luke 9:23).

Which way will we choose? Peter clearly outlines our options in today’s passage. If we choose God’s way of humility, we are promised that spiritual blessings will follow. But if we forsake His path, He’ll oppose us because, in essence, we’re working against Him in our arrogant self-sufficiency. However, when we humble ourselves by yielding to His authority and obeying Him, He becomes our source of confidence and strength.

Although our society places a high value on instant gratification and recognition for achievement, God honors us according to His own perfect ways and timing. He assures us that if we choose meekness—living in submission to Jesus as Master of our life—He will reward us, both here on earth and in the life to come (Matt. 5:5 NIV).

The decision is yours to make: Will you humble yourself and live for God’s glory rather than your own, or will you plot your own course and invite His opposition?

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