This article was posted two or three years ago. However, the topic is timeless, so it is rewritten and posted again.
Pride is a trap most of us fall into at some time. We all want to be recognized, acknowledged, praised. It’s only human. People begin to tell us how wonderful we are, and oops – there’s pride. In any walk of life it’s dangerous.
Pride is arguably the biggest barrier preventing a person coming to Jesus. Independence is something inherent in the human character. “I can go it alone, I don’t need help. Depending on God is weakness,” people say. Yet not depending on and trusting in Him won’t get anyone to heaven.
The old saying is true, pride comes before a fall. The Bible says in James 4:6: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Many a Christian assembly falls victim to pride. Sometimes a church grows fast, and then we hear the pastor boasting it is the biggest in town and “next year we’ll have another 500.” That means larger and better premises of course. So a special building fund begins, kicking off with a four-course dinner at a posh restaurant to gain more donors from already overstretched budgets. The MC beams and addresses everyone. “Wow, we’ve now raised $50,000, isn’t that wonderful. There’s Ivor Heapsamoney who has given us $10,000. Stand up Ivor, and come on everybody, let’s hear it for Ivor. What a fine Christian, and… and… and….” Stop! It’s only by God’s grace we can do anything.
Jesus lists pride as one of the evil characteristics in Mark 7:22-23 – so if we do have any pride we need to give it the boot.
Sometimes pride creeps in and we don’t even realize it. This writer once attended a Carols by Candlelight in the local town mall. Proceedings began with a young guy coming to the mike: “Welcome everybody. So-and-so church is proud to present….” Hey, where is God in all of this?
We can be so full of ourselves. Sinatra sang “I Did It My Way” and made a fortune, but only because God gave him the vocal cords, good health and grace to do so. Then there are the church “gospel” tracts which are 90 per cent extolling the church and 10 per cent Jesus and the gospel. Let’s not be into that.
Let’s forget ourselves and focus on the grace, glory, mercy, compassion, the greatness of God. Even the next breath we take is by His grace isn’t it? Let’s remember eternity can be just a second away, and there’s no guarantee we will wake up tomorrow. It is all in the hands of the Almighty.
We sing the old hymn: “To God be the glory, great things He hath done.” What He has done, not what we have done.