God has really been speaking to me lately about pride; this huge barrier that can keep us from serving God unselfishly. To serve God is to love people…all people. How can we really do this if we are putting ourselves above others?
When we help someone out and don’t receive so much as a thank you…is it really a big deal? It is if that’s why you did it. How about if you do a huge favor for someone but don’t get a favor back? Will it change your attitude towards that person? It will if you were expecting something in return. Let’s say you invite someone to your birthday party and they don’t bring a present. Will you invite them again next year? Probably not if your motive in inviting them was so they would bring you a gift.
Now imagine this: That person you helped out or did a favor for, or invited to the party…they went home, dropped to their knees and thanked God for answering their prayers! Prayers for help, for someone to show them kindness, to just be included.
This is one of those deceptions of the enemy, to make us believe we deserve recognition, applause, or gratitude. The enemy wants to steal the gratitude that only God deserves and he’s using our pride to do it.
Jesus demonstrated the greatest example of living a humble life. He was here to serve, never putting His desires above His love for us. We have that same ability in us and yet it’s so hard sometimes to walk it out. If we would just remember that it’s not US who deserves the glory, but God alone, we can totally kill pride.
Holy Spirit, help me to recognize pride when it tries to creep into my life. I want to be Your humble servant, loving others with the same compassion that You have. I pray that I would never demand or even desire the glory that only you deserve. In Jesus’ name….AMEN!
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6