Romans 12:3 says For I say, through the grace given unto me to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to everyman the measure of faith.
One of our many flaws as humans is pride. By nature, we are arrogant, superficial and/or shallow. The Lord ordains us with a title to edify the body of Christ, giving glory to God. Sometimes, we receive this blessing and begin to think that we’re all that. Moreover, many saints feel that after years of being saved they finally arrived in Christ.
I thought about this and came to a conclusion that you never really arrive in Christ: the work must continue day after day. The Christian life is a supernatural life existing in natural body in a physical world. Therefore, the work is eternal and the body is temporal.
One thing I know about people including myself, is that we want to be known for something. We prioritize position and power because we feel that in order to be someone important, we must have one or the other. Some brothers and sisters are supervisors on their jobs, then come to church and think they are supervisors in the church.
It is impossible to arrive in Christ because we still live on planet earth and are fighting the good fight of faith daily. As long as we are living on this side of heaven, we must continue to work our own salvation. I feel that it is best to get rid of the high minded mentality and choose the low way because Jesus chose that route. Instead of acknowledging ourselves so much, let’s acknowledge someone else. Instead of patting ourselves on the back, pat someone else on the back. The reality is that people do not care about titles and accolades. Sure it is nice to mention them, but people are really not that concerned.
It is important to note that titles and accomplishments do not give the right to talk down to someone. Everyone has an opinion that should be respected and no one opinion is greater or less than another.
If we are not careful with our perfect selves, the devil will pull the rug from under us even though he is bruised under our feet. This life is not about us, it is about Christ. I don’t have a personal gospel, neither do you. Read what Apostle Paul said in second Corinthians 12:7: and lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me lest I should be exalted above measure.
How well would we respond if the devil was allowed to buffet us? Probably not well at all. Everything we have and are is because of God. Sometimes, we forget where we came from and what the Lord has done in our personal lives.
In conclusion, you never arrive in Christ. The work must continue day after day, working on your spiritual growth. The origin of pride began in heaven when satan admired his appearance and position stating that he will exalt himself above the throne of God and be like the Most High(paraphrased). Because of this attitude, the evil one got kicked out of heaven. I also want to add that we must also stop trying to exalt ourselves over one another and then get jealous when our brother gets chosen to do a specific work that we feel we’re more qualified for.
We will arrive in Christ only when we stand worthily before the Son of man. Amen.