After just a few weeks at kindergarten, a 5-year-old boy told his grandmother that he was the smartest kid in the class. With a deep sense of pride, grandmother asked him if that was what his teacher said. The young scholar replied, “No ma’am. I had to tell her.”
Pride starts at a young age and it never takes a break until we breathe our last. Pride motivated the first sin in the Garden of Eden to ‘be like God.’ Pride is the root of every sin and disobedience against God – jealousy, envy, anger, fear, laziness, selfishness, lust, etc. We think way too much of ourself and our opinion.
Yet, pride is near impossible to see in ourself. It hides behind phrases such as self-confidence, self-respect, or self-esteem. We have masqueraded pride as a respectable human trait. But pride destroys relationships and everything it touches. Few of us think we have a problem with pride. But we all do. If you think you don’t have a problem with pride, that thought just revealed you have more of a problem that you recognize. Pride is the invisible foundation of all other evils.
God’s alternative to pride is humility. Some have a false view of humility, thinking it means to look down on yourself. Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less. Humility is to put God and others before yourself. Like pride, humility is impossible to see in ourself. If you think you are a humble person, that thought just revealed that you have more pride that you recognize. Humility is the foundation of all other positive traits. We all need help being humble.
This Sunday my message is called: Humility. In February, we are learning how to “Improve our Serve”. Humility is a key ingredient in service. Without humility, service to others is empty. Paul spoke much of humility. In 1 Corinthians 4:7-13 he shared four practical attitudes that are strategic to understand how humility can be lived out in life. I want to share these lessons this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday, @ 10:30 a.m.