Doing What Jesus Said To Do – Part 3
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to yourelders. 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.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7
De-stress is one of those words that have become common now to describe the process of stopping, clearing out, unpacking or unburdening something.
Similar words that convey the same idea are de-clutter, debrief, defund, depose, deactivate, decelerate, decongest, decontaminate, decorate…Ok I just threw that one in just to see if you were paying attention.
God’s dosand don’tsare intended to de-burden us and free us for a joyful life, not add to a set of stern expectations and rigorous requirements to hopefully get a begrudging blessing from God who would rather not give us anything. No. He wants us to be free from all care and stresses of any kind.
Here is a set of dosand don’tsthat are intended to bring us into a perfection of deep settled strength, established firmly in God’s grace and His covenant promise of rich, abundant and joy-filled life.
“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.’Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:5-10
Within this passage there are seven commandments, (seven dos)
Commandment: be submissive to one another
Commandment: be clothed in humility
Commandment: humble yourself under the mighty hand of God
Commandment: cast all your care on Him
Commandment: be sober
Commandment: be vigilant
Commandment; resist the devil steadfastly in faith
In these seven commandments there is nothing complicated or overbearing. The simplicity of them all can be summed up in just having and maintaining a humble attitude, being carefree, but staying alert to the temptations of the devil and don’t buy into his lies.
We were not born again just to spend our days being hyped up, stressed out or done in by worry and fear. We are to be built up in our faith, to outdo others in expressions of our love, and to be inexhaustible in our passion and zeal for Jesus our Lord.
All of these we can and will do, because the work of the Holy Spirit in us guarantees it. But, lest we gloss over these too quickly let’s consider each in more depth over the next few days.