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1 Peter 5:6

A visitor to a monastery asked the monk who greeted him the main ministry of his order.
Offering the visitor a gracious smile he said, “Well, when it comes to learning and teaching, we cannot compare to the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we certainly cannot match the Franciscans. And when it comes to preaching we are far below the Dominicans. But when it comes to humility we are at the top of the list.”
The apostle Peter is well known for his boldness for his Lord. Yet he once wrote, “You young men…serve each other with humility, for God sets Himself against the proud, but He shows favor to the humble.”
We often think that position and status are the marks of greatness. It is normal to want recognition for the things that we do. But here Peter reminds us that in the final analysis, we must remember that God’s recognition and approval count more than all of the human praise we may ever get.
In His own time God will honor and bless us for what we do to honor and bless Him. It is not the things that we do to draw attention to ourselves that matter to God. It is what we do that draws attention to His love that reflects His goodness and grace, mercy and salvation. In the end, it’s all about Him!
Prayer: Lord, let us look for every opportunity to let others know that You are the “main attraction” in our lives. May what we do point others to Christ our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
It was her first day at work and the manager was carefully going over the responsibilities of his new secretary. After carefully explaining her tasks, he said, “Now I’d like to tell you a few things about myself so you will know what kind of person I am.”
He then began telling her about his college career – how he excelled in academics and athletics. He then started to talk about his accomplishments with the company, how he received one promotion after another and was rewarded with raises and bonuses. He spent a great amount of time bragging about himself.
Finally, in her frustration she asked, “Tell me sir, have you ever had a group photo taken of yourself?”
Many worry about being properly recognized for their position and status. We want others to know what we can do and how well we can do it – whether they are interested or not. We want others to look us to us and stand in awe of our accomplishments.
However, Peter warns us to remember that it is God’s recognition that matters most. Human praise is one thing but God’s approval is all that counts. In His own time, God will bless our efforts and honor our work. We must also remember that the recognition may not come in this lifetime. But, if we are faithful to Him and give Him the glory, He will surely reward us in heaven.
Prayer: Lord, whatever we do in life is because of Your grace. The talents and skills, the abilities and strength come to us to give back to You in loving service. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s almighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
A visitor to a monastery asked the monk who greeted him the main ministry of his order. Offering the visitor a gracious smile he said, “Well, when it comes to learning and teaching, we cannot compare to the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we certainly cannot match the Franciscans. And when it comes to preaching we are far below the Dominicans. But when it comes to humility we are at the top of the list.”

The apostle Peter is well known for his boldness for his Lord. Yet he once wrote, “You young men...serve each other with humility, for God sets Himself against the proud, but He shows favor to the humble.”

We often think that position and status are the marks of greatness. It is normal to want recognition for the things that we do. But here Peter reminds us that in the final analysis, we must remember that God’s recognition and approval count more than all of the human praise we may ever get.

In His own time God will honor and bless us for what we do to honor and bless Him. It is not the things that we do to draw attention to ourselves that matter to God. It is what we do that draws attention to His love that reflects His goodness and grace, mercy and salvation.

In the end, it’s all about Him!

Prayer: Lord, let us look for every opportunity to let others know that You are the “main attraction” in our lives. May what we do point others to Christ our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time
It was her first day at work and the manager was carefully going over the responsibilities of his new secretary. After carefully explaining her tasks, he said, “Now I’d like to tell you a few things about myself so you will know what kind of person I am.”

He then began telling her about his college career - how he excelled in academics and athletics. He then started to talk about his accomplishments with the company, how he received one promotion after another and was rewarded with raises and bonuses. He spent a great amount of time bragging about himself.

Finally, in her frustration she asked, “Tell me sir, have you ever had a group photo taken of yourself?”

Many worry about being properly recognized for their position and status. We want others to know what we can do and how well we can do it - whether they are interested or not. We want others to look us to us and stand in awe of our accomplishments.

However, Peter warns us to remember that it is God’s recognition that matters most. Human praise is one thing but God’s approval is all that counts. In His own time, God will bless our efforts and honor our work. We must also remember that the recognition may not come in this lifetime. But if we are faithful to Him and give Him the glory, He will surely reward us in heaven.

Prayer: Lord, whatever we do in life is because of Your grace. The talents and skills, the abilities and strength come to us to give back to You in loving service. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
A tourist visiting a monastery was impressed with the daily routine of the monks. Awakening at dawn, they would pray for hours, eat little food, and spend time alone meditating and reading their Bibles or labor on their farm. Curious about the nature of their mission, he asked one of the monks to explain how they were different from the other monastic orders.

“Well,” said the monk, “when it comes to learning, we don’t compare with the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we’re no match for the Franciscans. But when it comes to humility, we’re at the top!”

It is inappropriate for Christians to attempt to appear humble and downplay the gifts that God has given them. God has endowed each of us with certain gifts that are unique to us. We must accept them graciously, develop them to their fullest, and use them to the glory of God.

If we want to grasp the meaning of humility we must look to our Lord and Savior. Here is one Who was with God and equal to God, but willingly laid it aside. He lived a selfless life of service to others and then suffered a horrible death on the cross for our salvation. In humility He accomplished His Father’s plan doing whatever He could to reflect in word and deed His love.
Pride comes naturally, but not humility. When we do difficult things in a loving and caring manner – as Jesus did – we are living godly humility.

Prayer: Father, we often pray to be humble not wanting to accept our responsibility to be humble. Grant us a willing heart to set ourselves aside. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time
A tourist visiting a monastery was impressed with the daily routine of the monks. Awakening at dawn, they would pray for hours, eat little food, spend time alone meditating and reading their Bibles or labor on their farm. Curious about the nature their mission, he asked one of the monks to explain how they were different from the other monastic orders.

“Well,” said the monk, “when it comes to learning, we don’t compare with the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we’re no match for the Franciscans. But when it comes to humility, we’re at the top!”

It is inappropriate for Christians to attempt to appear humble and downplay the gifts that God has given them. God has endowed each of us with certain gifts that are unique to us. We must accept them graciously, develop them to their fullest, and use them to the glory of God.

If we want to grasp the meaning of humility we must look to our Lord and Savior. Here is one Who was with God and equal to God, but willingly laid it aside. He lived a selfless life of service to others and then suffered a horrible death on the cross for our salvation. In humility He accomplished His Father’s plan doing whatever He could to reflect in word and deed His love.

Pride comes naturally, but not humility. When we do difficult things in a gracious, loving and caring manner – as Jesus did – we are living godly humility.

Prayer: Father, we often pray to be humble not wanting to accept our responsibility to be humble. Grant us a willing heart to set ourselves aside. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
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A monk was asked the nature of his order.

“Well,” he said, “when it comes to learning, we don’t compare with the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we’re not a match for the Franciscans. And when it comes to preaching, we’re below the Dominicans. But when it comes to humility, we’re the tops.”

There is a man who is proud of his humility.

It would be easier to orbit the moon on a firecracker than to achieve success without prayer and preparation, to find fulfillment without godliness and graciousness, or build character without honesty and humility.

St. Peter says, “If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in His good time He will lift you up.”

Prayer: Father, grant that our daily life may be animated and aglow with the spirit of our Lord who walked in humility and holiness. Constrain us to humble ourselves: in Thy name. Amen.