1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Humility is the secret to continual usefulness for the Lord. We never outgrow the need for humility but it should be something seen on our life like clothing (1 Peter 5:5). Think about humility in its comparison to clothes: clothes can be seen, have to be put on, warm, protect, and attract. Clothes are made to fit, but when they do not, adjustments need to be made. If we have too much flesh, the clothes won’t fit. Humility or humbling ourselves is something we must choose to do not what someone else does to us. Using the metaphor of humility as clothing, we have to put our own clothes on. No one puts them on for us. Everyone wants success in life but humility is a part of how we dress for success.
There is an aspect of God’s grace that makes us different from another. Romans 12:6 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace given unto us….” The differences of grace are not to make us feel superior, but humble. First Corinthians 4:6,7says, “. . .that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” Whatever anyone has, it did not start with them. So why boast or glory as if it did? Glorying is taking credit for what is the result of God’s grace and it robs glory from God. We are told to let no man glory in men. It is the grace of God that enables anyone to serve.
Understanding grace should make us humble ourselves, and humbling ourselves is what allows God to give more grace. James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” That does not mean you do not honor or value or esteem them highly in love for the positions of authority they stand in. It is just that you realize it is grace that enables them to stand there. That is thinking soberly and not above what we ought to think (Romans 12:3).
According to James 4:6, God gives more grace. That means grace does not end at salvation, but there is more grace. The only one who cannot receive it is the proud person. In fact, pride is the number one hindrance to growing in grace. A proud person is one who shows himself above others and so lifts himself against God. Pride is the inability to admit need and thus, never depending on God for grace. This attitude resists God’s grace. God has no choice but to resist the resister. On the other hand, humility admits its need and submits, rather than resists. To the humble person, God then gives more grace. The more we understand grace, the more it humbles us, but also the more we humble ourselves the more grace He gives us.