Characteristics – lent #30

Characteristics of a believer lent

Now that you have had time to meditate on 1 Peter chapter 5 let’s look at what characteristics Peter points out believers have.
When reading this chapter did you see a lot of similarities to chapter 2?

1 Peter 5:1-13
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas,[b] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

One characteristic Peter points out is that of being a shepherd.

1 Peter 5:2 – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;

We are to care for God’s flock. (flock-God’s people) When the Lord allows us any form of a leadership role we are being trusted to care for those under us as God cares for his church. We will have to be accountable to God for the way we provide, protect, guide, and love on His flock.

Peter also says believer are to be willing, willing to do God’s plan. We are to be humble, alert, and of sober mind.

1 Peter 5:2 – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;

1 Peter 5:6-7

1 Peter 5″6-8 – 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

“So Peter also gives reasons or incentives—at least four.

  1. Verse 5b: “God is opposed to the proud.” Nothing could be worse than to have an infinitely powerful and holy God opposed to you. So don’t be proud.
  2. Verse 5b: “God gives grace to the humble.” And nothing could be better than to have an infinitely powerful and wise God treat us graciously. He does that to the humble. The reason is not that humility is a performance of virtue that earns grace but that humility is a confession of emptiness that receives grace. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  3. Verse 6: God will use his mighty hand to exalt the humble: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”
  4. Verse 7: God will use his mighty hand to care for the humble: “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”

Be a humble person because, if you are proud, God will be against you in your pride, but if you are humble he will give you grace, exalt you in due time, and care for you along the way so that you don’t have to be anxious.”  – John Piper November 20, 1994 – Series: 1 Peter: Grow in the Grace & Knowledge of Christ

Are you in possession of those characteristics? I know there are some I need to work on. Humble and willing are not my strong suit.

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