August 26, 2011
This week the Monday Meditation and Wednesday Word Study focused on the word pride. I myself have been considering what I would write for this blog for some time. There are so many things I could talk about in regards to pride and all would be good, but space is limited on a blog and I sincerely want to write about what is on the heart of God for the moment.
As I was re-reading through various scriptures pertaining to the subject, this one stood out to me and in a moment brought into focus what I was to write about today.
3) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Pride is arrogance and when we are prideful we are puffed up and exalt ourselves over others and God. Upon hearing the word we all immediately have thoughts of pride where someone is bragging about something they have done, have consistently arrogant behavior and in general, someone who looks down at others with disdain.
We all have someone, maybe more than one person, that comes to mind when we hear the word. Prideful people are people we do not like to be around. We would all generally agree that pride is NOT a godly attribute and one that those following after Christ should guard against fervently.
But… (wait for it)
I’ve seen more arrogance and pride in the so called body of Christ than in many other places. And it not only shames me, but sincerely grieves me.
When we become born again and become a true child of God inheriting not only His love but all that the inheritance provides emotionally, physically and materially, we develop a new found sense of status. We ALL know, or should know that it is not from our works or from what we have done, but simply from the merciful and graciously loving heart of Father God.
Yet just like a child born into a wealthy family, bloated with status and influence, some Christians are born with a sense of position that was not obtained from anything they themselves have done. But it does not stop the arrogance and sense of pride.
Now let me write a brief disclaimer here. I know that not all wealthy people are prideful and arrogant. There are many who are humbled by the very knowledge of their good fortune.
But my point is to paint a picture here. There is something about becoming a new Christian that makes all the dark clouds roll away and we feel as though we can suddenly see clearly. There is hope and joy and for a moment it all seems so very simple, life that is.
I can look back as a baby Christian and see all the damage I unknowingly did. I had all the answers. It was simple, you just did not sin, you just tithed, you just did what you knew was right to do. It was just that simple. And I was arrogant about it. It all just seemed so easy to me and I could not understand what the struggle was all about. I loved the Lord with my whole heart and couldn’t spend enough time with Him, praying and reading the Word and couldn’t understand why others didn’t.
Well I soon found out. The Lord allowed my life to take a dastardly turn. He did not cause it, but I believe He allowed the pride I was dwelling in to have its way with me. Remember our verse this week?
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.