PrideThe Silliness of Pride
Have you ever thought about how hysterical and pathetic human pride is? It’s totally ludicrous when you actually stop and think about it. Consider for a moment that the only thing separating EVERY living person (including those who pride themselves over appearance, physical fitness, wealth, intellect, talents, authority, etc.) from a lifeless corpse is the breath of God Himself. The only thing that distinguishes ME from a lifeless corpse is the breath of God Himself.
“…Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” – Genesis 2:7 (ESV)
Most people in the world today live ignorant of this fact, but it’s the truth. So for humans to take pride in themselves, to seek glory for themselves, to have a mindset that says “I’m so intelligent, capable, strong, wealthy, talented, powerful… dang, I’m kind of a big deal… I’m the man,” is ridiculous. There isn’t a single thing that that person does moment-to-moment, day-to-day, without God first enabling him or her to breath. There isn’t a single thing that I do moment-to-moment, day-to-day, without God first enabling me to breath. Without the life-breath of God, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. Without the gift of a brain, I wouldn’t even have the ability to form the thought that “I’m a big deal” because I wouldn’t have any self-awareness in the first place. Without eyes, I couldn’t perceive the world around me. Without hands, I couldn’t work or earn money (or would have severely limited options for doing so). Without a digestive system, I wouldn’t be able to process food, and therefore, wouldn’t have energy to do anything. All of these things were intricately designed by our beloved Father in Heaven – The One, True God who created the universe and dwells in unapproachable light. My very existence depends on the merciful choice of my Savior to keep me alive.
“Then David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly:
‘O LORD, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever!
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty.
Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We
adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone,
for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your
discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who
are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come
from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a
moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on
earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.’” – 1 Chronicles 29:10-15 (NLT)
If I’m intelligent, capable, strong, wealthy, talented, or powerful in any regard, it’s because GOD enabled me to be. If I’m a big deal to people then that’s cool I guess… it only points to the One who’s actually a big deal – the One who created me. He get’s every ounce of credit for my “big deal-ness”. The only way I can be justified calling myself “the man” is if I acknowledge that “THE MAN”, Jesus Christ, dwells within me, and has taken over my identity. It’s HIS life and righteousness that flows through me. I carry no life or righteousness on my own (in my flesh).
So God, my prayer (and a prayer for anyone reading this to own for themselves) is that I would humbly receive this gift of life – that instead of exalting myself over others and trying to make much of my own existence, I would apply this life toward the things that it was purposed for… toward delighting in my Creator, Savior, and Friend; toward being a blessing to everyone around me; toward being a loyal friend; toward being a steadfast intercessor for the needs of individuals and the world as a whole; toward sharing truth; toward being generous to those in need (spiritual, physical, and emotional need), toward helping rescue others from the mire of hopelessness, toward opening the eyes of the blind, toward setting free those who are being held captive by sin, toward healing people of diseases. Rid me of selfishness. Rid me of evil desires. Keep me from being prideful. Keep me from sin, I pray, Lord. I exist only for this purpose: to relish in the pleasures of a deep and personal relationship with Jesus fueled by the knowledge and experience of His Word, and to worship/serve/glorify Him. I am a vessel of Your magnificence, power, love, and beauty. Thank you, God. Thank you for such a noble purpose. You are good.