1 John 5:1-5
5 Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2 to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight,[a] not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it[b]—not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. 5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders.[c] And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
The shepherd imagery of our scripture reading continues this week. In this passage, the author of 1 John tells us to "clothe yourselves with humility." I find this to be a beautiful image, the idea of "wearing" humility. Our outward expressions tell people a lot about our attitudes. We so often close ourselves off to others, "wearing" a demeanor of seriousness, busyness, and isolation.
To be clothed with humility means to approach others with an openness and with a sense that we are servants to others that we meet in our lives. When we think of ourselves that way, as shepherds and guides, it shows. How we approach others and how we project our attitudes has a great impact on our daily interactions with others. Let's clothe ourselves with humility today that all who meet us may be confronted with the love of our caring shepherd.