Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: 1 Peter 5:5-11
Key Verse: “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.” 1 Peter 5:5
Are you looking for someone who will teach you how to be successful in ministry? Typically, people who are looking for success along any line will gravitate toward those who seem popular, strong, talented, scholarly, well-known, wealthy, and apparently successful. These things aren’t wrong, of course, if under the control of God, but are these gifts the true secret to success and strength in ministry?
In the book Gospel Workers we are told, “I saw that the strength of the children of God is in their humility. When they are little in their own eyes, Jesus will be to them their strength and their righteousness, and God will prosper their labors” (Gospel Workers, 1892, p. 365).
We are also told in the book The Desire of Ages, “Lowliness of heart is the strength that gives victory to the followers of Christ” (p. 301).
When we look at the Scriptures, we find Jesus telling us to learn one thing of Him: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
Jesus did not teach skills in public speaking or how to stay ahead of our peers. He did not teach us how to perform miracles or how to attract the attention of crowds. He simply invited us to learn humility and meekness from Him. Why? Because He knows that if we are humble, if we see our need of Him and our desperate need of dependence upon Him, we will be fit channels for God’s power to pour through. For it is when we are humble that God can best be seen in us and that He can best be reflected in our lives.
You see, dear friends, as I’ve been learning more and more over the years, it is not our abilities, our talents, our eloquence that will give us success in our work for God. It is all about our dependence on Him and His strength. “In the work for this time, it is not money or talent or learning or eloquence that is needed so much as faith graced with humility” (Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 108).
So as you look for a strong spiritual mentor, rather then looking for someone who always seems to be center stage and who seems to be the most popular, look for someone who follows the example of Jesus, who is a servant-leader, who reflects His character, who isn’t seeking attention or applause but who works faithfully behind the scenes, even when no one is watching. Of Christ we are told, “He was never elated by applause, nor dejected by censure or disappointment. Amid the greatest opposition and the most cruel treatment, He was still of good courage” (The Desire of Ages, p. 330). This is the kind of mentor we most need.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Father, we thank You so much for the humble example of Jesus and how He lived His life as a leader. Help us, rather than seeking for the first place, to seek for the best place, the place at His feet. Teach us what it means to be meek and lowly of heart. Teach us what it means to wait upon Him, to be faithful and do our job well, even when no one is watching or cares. We are naturally proud, and it’s not easy to take the lower path, but since we want to be used for Your Kingdom, help us to learn to put self aside and seek Christ first. Teach us how to walk humbly with You! In Jesus’s name, Amen.