In our human world Pride is a great motivator of people. We take pride in our accomplishments, in our possessions, in our education and even in what we believe. But should pride be a motivator for a true Christian?
What is wrong with a certain amount of Pride anyway?
The problem with pride is that it is of the world. It is the pride of life. Pride in an existence apart from your maker.
1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
This life is not something that we should take pride in. We are called out of the world, we are not to be a part of it anymore.
Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Jas 4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
The pride thing that I have been dealing with for the last few weeks has caused me to post a series of writings. This is me trying to make sense of what is going on with me and passing that along to any who may benefit from hearing it.
One of the points that came out of all this for me is that a true Christian is a “NEW CREATION”
(ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Do you get the full meaning of that? The Spirit of man in us has joined with the Spirit of God and that has created a new person growing to spiritual adulthood to a time when we will be truly born again into God Spiritual Kingdom.
Joh_15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Php_4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
We now live a life of of faith and obedience to God but what should motivate us in our worship of God. Brethren we love God because He first loved us. Our gratitude for what He has done for us should be our prime motivator.
Out of Pride Adam and Eve decided that they wanted to decide what is right and wrong and we have all be trying to do our best to continue in that sinful way of life. But the pride that drives that thinking hides deep within us. It many times takes a major test or trial to bring it out in us.
Lets begin to live our lives in partnership with God. Lets put aside the pride that makes us want to do it all on our own without God’s help. The scripture above plainly said that without Christ we can do nothing but with Christ ALL things are possible.
People of the Laodicean attitude of mind seem to think that they have need of nothing. Can you see how a certain amount of pride could be hiding on the surface causing that attitude to prevail? The pride of Accomplishment the pride of education to instill in us the amazing truths of God’s Word has blinded us to the fact that we need to continually overcome. And that there is always something that needs overcoming in our lives. Perhaps if we could expose the hidden pride it would allow us to get our zeal back and start living as we should be.
We should be so grateful for this incredible calling that God has given us that we would be on fire to live our lives to give glory to Him. I know that may sound a little to preachy to some. But it is a fact of life if you just think about it. Other than the gift that Christ gave to make it possible, there is no greater gift than the calling that God has given to us.. Having chosen us to be part of the first fruits of His Kingdom is the greatest gift that can ever be offered to mankind.
So lets begin, out of gratitude, to live our lives for the Glory of God rather than the pride of man.