Pride’s Deceit

Ephesians 2: 1-6 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Pride is a slippery thing to catch. What I mean is, we have to live in this world and therefore it is easy to be influenced by it without even noticing it. When someone else notices and points it out to us, our first reaction to their guidance is typically denial (which is evidence of pride). We are quick to notice the faults of others and even offer helpful tips for them to change, but when someone offers the same for us, we deny we have anything that needs to be changed. We would rather go ahead and do what we feel like doing without recognizing that it’s disobedience to God’s will. The Message version of the scripture above states, “It’s a wonder God didn’t lose His temper and do away with the whole lot of us.”

If we can shed the pride and see God as our Creator and Father, who loves us more than our earthly parents love us. We need to understand that He is not some imaginary friend who will cheer us on when we need encouragement and then turn a blind eye when we want to live according to our fleshly pleasures rather than live righteously. But that’s how we live, don’t we? It doesn’t make us non-believers, but it does make us infants in the faith. Where we have to keep coming back to the basics of our sinfulness and Christ’s sinlessness and sacrifice for us all in order to save us. We have to get beyond that stage. Yes, it is the basis of our faith, and without Christ rising again, we have no hope. But, the base is only the foundation of the rest of our lives. We must build upon that foundation with humility and love for all, rather than pompous rhetoric that we hear every day from the fancy talking evangelist who smiles real pretty while taking your money.

That is not Christianity and that is not us. If we are believers in God, then that means we recognize the existence of an infinite Being with all wisdom and power. We believe He is the one who created us, the universe, all that goes within it, even science. If we believe He created everything, then we believe He has the power to get rid of it. Let’s be honest, if He didn’t love us, He certainly would have gotten rid of us a long time ago, especially after the way we treated His Son. And yet, we still fill ourselves up with pride and deny Him the only thing He asks for and that’s our whole and heartfelt devotion to Him. To praise Him in the morning and to glorify Him throughout our day with our lives as we love each other as He loved us. That’s what He deserves from us, but we fail to live that way, don’t we?

These thoughts weigh heavy on my heart today as I see myself in all that I just wrote. You don’t have to like it but if it speaks to you too, then take a breath and look into the sky where you can see infinity. When you get a grasp of how super small you really are, then maybe you will have a bit of humility to work with to put God back in His rightful place in your life. That’s what I’m doing today and everyday as long as I can contain whatever pride my flesh tries to create in me.

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