Lori lives in Rhode Island. Her blog, Deeper with Jesus in Rhode Island, is a good read. She’s a good writer. Her most recent post sure hits home – with me, maybe with you. She’s hit on a topic that is humanity at its most real. This sense of selfish pride, selfish ambition. As she names it – sin!
Take a good read of Outing Myself, and then I would love to hear your comment.
It seems to me that most human beings land on either side of this. For many, and confession being good for the soul this is my camp, I see myself or we see ourselves as pretty smart, pretty good at many things…and off we go down the road of conceit and pride. And you know what the Bible says about pride?! “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” – 1 John 2:16
Pride that places yourself above others doesn’t come from Our Heavenly Father.
For others, its the road of self degredation. These folks see themselves as less than everyone else. They have a video running in their heads that tells the story of how unlovely, untalented, unwanted they are. Self esteem runs low.
Both stories are self destructive.
But then sin is self destructive.
Satan, and yes I believe in a personal devil, knows his final destination. He knows that God, who keeps His Word, has already declared that one day He will step into history and will deal with sin and death and Satan.
So the Devil works to destroy as much as he can in the meantime. He uses sinful pride and That’s why he continues to work to tell as many as will believe him, that there is no God or at least…and this is his most convincing lie, there is no hurry in making a decision around our eternal future.
What we need is a balanced view of self – one that Paul talked about..”having a sober opinion” of self. And recognizing that when we don’t view ourselves, or others with a godly view, we will find ourselves with either warped view.
Here’s the instruction from Scripture: “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” – Romans 12:3
At the end of a challenging, if not productive work week, it is easy to feel good as the office closes for the weekend. Employees are filing out, wishing each other a good weekend and heading out to what they have planned. Last weekend Wendy and I were out on the road so it will be nice to be home this weekend.
There is a definite tide working in an office setting that is different to being “out on the front lines”. Those of us at DHQ dwell in two worlds – during the week we have administrative duties that support the people we visit on weekends. There is a great joy in rubbing shoulders with those whose responsibilities are more directly linked to hands on ministry.
- Helping people gain employement $725,000
Now multiply that by the number of churches in your neighbourhood…the number of Salvation Army Centres that do even more…supporting that kind of work is deeply satisfying. I thank God every day for His calling on my life.
“And Jesus went about doing good.”