Recognizing our INADEQUACY without God is a SPIRITUAL IMPERATIVE, right? Yes, it is. And one of the most menacing roadblocks to that end is PRIDE.
PRIDE is a swamp with percolating quicksand teeming with alligators. A swamp that triggers a welter of bad thoughts and bad behaviors. A swamp where pain and despair keep us from: 1) Recognizing our INADEQUACY without God, and 2) Being transformed in the image of Christ.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
PRIDE is the sheriff, judge, warden, and executioner of the swamp.
How do we end up in the PRIDE SWAMP?
When we stop looking to God for affirmation and turn to the world and its values. How do we stay out of that swamp? We can start unpacking that question with a quick look at someone who had the right to be PRIDEFUL but stayed out of the swamp. That would be JESUS.
He could have lived with righteous arrogance. But he came to serve, not to be served.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage…” Philippians 2:5-6.
How do we escape the PRIDE SWAMP and move from worshipping self to serving God? Three things:
- Stop looking to the WORLD for your joy.
- Stop looking at SERVICE as serving yourself.
- Stop judging OTHERS and focus on your sin.
But in the end, it comes down to HUMILITY–Christ-like humility—to get us out and keep us out of the world’s PRIDE SWAMP.
“Humility is thinking of yourself less; NOT thinking less of yourself.” C.S. Lewis
I want to stop aspiring to be exalted by the world and stay out of the PRIDE SWAMP. That’s why I ask God to help me trust him instead.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
How much time are you spending in the PRIDE SWAMP?
“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” Galatians 6:3
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” Proverbs 6:16–19