The Responsibility of Others (1 Peter 5:5)


Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
After reading Monday’s devotion you might be thinking, “glad I’m not a leader”. You don’t have to worry about suffering or motives for leading. You may think Peter has no words of advice for you. Well, in this verse he tells us what the responsibility other people have. While the NIV address the people as “young men”, the Greek is actually saying “young ones”. So, this includes both men and women. Peter is talking to anyone who is not a leader. He says that those who are not leaders need to be submissive to those who are older. Even though he does not say “overseers” here that he used in the previous section that is what he is saying. Back them most people who were overseers were older. Being submissive is not always easy to do. We often have our own thoughts and opinions and want to be heard. While there are times to share them and talk with leaders there is a time where a leader will decide on something and then it’s time to get behind them and follow them.
Even though non-leaders need to be submissive we see that Peter then tells everyone to be humble to one another. There has to be this mutual respect and listening to one another. Leaders should not lord their authority over other people. We then read a quote from Proverbs and read that will give grace to those who are humble. If we approach each with humility God will be present in the conversation and he will move through them. If we approach someone in a prideful way God will be against you. That is not a good place to be. All of God’s people need to be humble to one another and be willing to listen and empathize with each other. If we do that God can move in mighty ways and the church will become stronger.
What are ways you can be submissive to the leaders in your church? Are there ways you can get behind the different ministries at church and become more supportive? Or maybe you are a leader in the church, how can you show humility to those you are leading? Maybe there is pride in your life that you need to repent of? Maybe there are some relationships that you need to repair? How can you show more humility as a leader?