GARY ANDREWS: Is pride an obstacle to your ministry?
How many of us have examined our actions today to see if we are caught up in the desires of the world? I am sure many people understand their positions in a materialistic life but cannot understand their deficiency in their spiritual life. Some will understand the problem but do nothing to correct it.
As a Christian in the midst of a sinful world, we have the same desires and desires that non-Christians have. We struggle every day for influence and power so that we can fit in with our peers. Most aim to get a solid financial footing and position ourselves as a part of society that will make us look strong and valuable.
Rest assured that being wealthy or financially successful is not wrong as long as your outlook on life is to serve our Lord and Savior and not be part of a society that says “do what it takes to get the front”. Being a top citizen and a leader in your community is not a bad thing if your eyes are fixed on Jesus and you don’t mind telling people around you that his saving grace is not just for you but for everyone.
Being a Christian and having a proud attitude can destroy our testimonies. Pride can be destructive and hinder our testimonies if we allow it. Many of us are like the Pharisee that Christ describes in Luke 18:11-12. “The Pharisee stood up and prayed to himself, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men – extortionists, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I tithe everything I own. Our proud spirit tells those around us how great a Christian we are when in fact we are sinners and not living as Christ intended.
We must remember the words of Proverbs 16:18; “Pride comes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before a fall.”
Jesus speaks to all of us with his words written in the gospel of Mark 10:43-45; “But it will not be so among you; but whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant. And whoever among you wants to be first will be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus tells us that if we want to succeed in life and achieve greatness and be first among equals, then we must be a servant and a slave. We must be humble and selfless and serve others as Christ did when he walked this earth. We must be like the tax collector mentioned in the Gospel of Luke when he cried, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
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