Pr. 29:23: “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”
It’s amazing how God works. Jesus, our King, didn’t come to be served. Jesus came to serve. If anyone had a reason to be proud, certainly it was the King of Kings. However, he was humble, compassionate, and He served those around Him.
Pride is a tricky thing. While it makes us feel good for a moment, it can be the very thing that destroys our relationship with God, our relationships with others, causes us to burn bridges and set traps for ourselves. Pride can also be the very thing that gets our eyes off God. Pride causes us to focus on ourselves and this world, forgetting the reason for which we were created.
Were we created to prosper, to be the best, to be recognized for our accomplishments, to have it all, to be the sexiest, to look the youngest, to get all the attention? My belief: No. We were created for a much higher purpose. Jesus said He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. Jesus could be seen with the outcasts, the most unpopular, the disabled, the hurting, the sick. He came to bring salvation.
What did He tell us to do after He was gone? “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Mt. 28:19-20
You and I were created for a purpose that is much higher than any earthly goal. Its fine to support ourselves, have friends, enjoy our families, rest, and re-create ourselves in God’s creation. Its when we get our eyes focused on those things alone, forget we came to serve, and forget that God is the Sustainer of our lives; that we fall into the traps that pride can set for us.
If we want honor, the Word tells us we must be humble. God gives grace to the humble. Humility will cause us to be the most like Jesus. In Jn. 4:34, Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” He didn’t worry about the things in this world. He came with one focus: Salvation. He came do to the will of One: God. He laid down His pride…and His life…and He is honored to this day. He is at the right hand of the Father and will come back for the repentant one day soon.
Let’s remember our purpose today and plant seeds in others that will help them be one of those who has eternal life. No matter what this world says, life is NOT about us!
Looking to Jesus,