“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.’
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
-1 Peter 5:5-8
This passage is Paul writing a letter in 1 Peter and he seems to be addressing the youth of the church in these verses. I think there is something for millenials to take away from these verses. Perhaps the youth of Paul’s day had a similar profile as the ones you and I see today in our classrooms and workplace
Young people are wild; we are vibrant and undoubtedly a source of rejoicing, spontaneity, and brilliant personality for the entire world to see. We are an unbridled fire that seemingly cannot be contained; God absolutely wants to use us in his plan to redeem the Earth and seeing his kingdom come. Who better to use than wild young people that have said “yes” to Jesus at a young age and have an entire life ahead of them to do the will of God?
Yet I think in many ways we are plagued with detrimental characteristics that prevent us from walking in full obedience and surrender to the King himself.
In these verses in 1 Peter, Paul is urging the youth in two important areas of living:
- Be humble and ready to submit
- Stay alert and ready
When I read these two points Paul is attempting to convey, I am quick to remember my shortcomings in these areas of life. I think of the many times my friends and I have been resistant from asking help from an authority figure (a.k.a. someone older/more experienced); I also think of the times where I have let my guard down in following Christ simply because I was tired or weary from the day’s work.
What would it look like for millenials to walk in utmost humility? What would it look like for millenials to live their lives in a way that was steadfast and diligent, yet still retaining the benchmark elements of being energetic, wild, and brilliant?