Updated: Sep 16
SPIRIT LIFE LEADERSHIP: FOR ALL OF US!
1 Peter 5
A verse to remember: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2
Gospel: Luke 12:22-34
1 Peter 5:5-7 5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
I find it fascinating that in the context of encouraging young people to “accept the authority of the elders” that he has this beautiful word of advice when it comes to worry.
“So humble yourself under the might power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honour. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
It’s beautiful. And who of us has not had to learn this lesson? Let’s do a little journal work.
I want to encourage you to really reflect on how God has taught you this truth over the years.
Think about your struggles with people in authority, did it ever cause you to worry and what was the result?
Why do you think Peter is trying to “coach” us in this direction? How has this kind of coaching helped you?
If you are an elder how do Peter’s words affect your relationship with those younger than you?
And lastly, what is so comforting about verse 7, why is it so important that we know this as we navigate life with people who are “in authority”? Is there any connection to our Gospel story ie Luke 12:34?