Doing What Jesus Said To Do – Part 4
“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.’ 1 Peter 5:5
Commandment: be submissive to one another
Commandment: be clothed in humility
Be submissive to one another.
It is wisdom for young people to respect and hold in high regard the elders among them realizing that they have the wisdom of their years of experience to invest in the lives of the young that will help them avoid pitfalls and make wise decisions for their future. But the commandment tells both the elder and the youth to be submissive to one another, each realizing that they can learn from one another – the elder from the younger and the younger from the elder.
We need one another. None of us have the exclusive pipeline to the wisdom that comes from above. But those who labor in the Word for the sake of the body are to receive double honor.
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17
Why? Because God wants the young to value life lessons and spiritual lesson learned over time in intentional and regular study and pursuit of the Word. The elders who can, spend their time pursuing God’s Word and sharing their insights with those whose daily responsibilities limit their time to study independently.
This is why Jesus gave the five ministry gifts to the Church, to bringing the larger body of believers into the unity of the faith unto the fullness of Christ.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gavesome, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we hence forth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:8-16
Apostles, those who vigorously declares the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ especially to unreached people to establish a new body of believes or establish new churches.
Prophets, those supernaturally inspired to speak or to proclaim the will of God and cast a vision for the future by the Spirit of God.
Evangelists, those who seek to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching.
Pastors and Teachers, those who shepherd a congregation of people by teaching, pastoral care, encouragement, edification, exhortation and comfort, assisting in their spiritual growth and maturity as believers
All of these are most effectively realized in a context of humility. To be clothed in humility is to be possessed of a heartthat is meek and pliable, a willthat is submitted to God’s Word and an attitudethat takes no high-minded, prideful posture of thinking of themselves more highly than they ought. The humble heart is always ready to yield the spotlight to someone else, confident in the fact that only God’s pleasure is important not the approval of men.
So, submission and humility are commandments to all of us who believe.