January 25, 2020 | Kris Kubal
We have been hearing about pride and the need for humility in the body of Christ. We also heard about it regarding the pro-life movement this week as well. I guess you could say it is a theme that has been leaping out from many places–yes, it’s God. It is easy to spot pride in other people, but few of us–very few–can recognize pride in ourselves. If we are interested in examining our own lives with the goal of cleansing ourselves from all unrighteousness, as 1 John 1:9 states, a good place to start is pride.
Here is a quick and easy test to detect if you might be guilty of pride. Ask yourselves these 7 Questions:
- Do I find fault with everyone around me, and often feel that nobody else can “get it right?”
- Do I regularly feel compelled to lead, direct or contribute when I am in a group, even if I am not in charge?
- Do I get defensive when others confront me about something? Do I feel defensive inside even if I don’t voice it?
- Do I think my ideas, my thoughts and/or my needs are so important that others should and need to hear them?
- Do I have difficulty admitting my own weaknesses? (Can I name 3 weaknesses of my own right now?)
- Do I rarely, if ever, admit fault? When was the last time I said was sorry?
- Do I ever justify my situation when I measure it with Scripture? Have I excused my sin because I have a “reason”?
If you answered yes to any of those, you are human—and you have pride that needs to be dealt with before God.
Now that you know that pride is a part of your life, what do you do about it?
Here are three steps to bring humility:
- SUBMIT. Acknowledge that God is the authority – not you.
- STUDY God’s Word. Studying God’s word brings wisdom. Wisdom brings humility. Humility leads to more wisdom. (Pride disrupts this process of gaining wisdom!)
- SERVE. We have to live with other people in mind wherever we go, whatever we do. Serving can help refocus our hearts and minds away from our own desires, wants and ideas and onto others.
God is pleased when we approach him in humility. (Others in your life will appreciate it too.) God wants to work with a heart that is soft before him. How are you planning on replacing pride with humility? Share below!
(Adapted from a sermon at Cornerstone Church. Written by Kris Kubal)