Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Flourish Day 4
Pride is not something I want to cultivate but is something that we, as humans, all struggle with at times in our lives. In his book “Mere Christianity”, C.S. Lewis wrote: “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
As parents, it gives us great joy to express pride in our children’s accomplishments. But when our own self-esteem is caught up in those accomplishments, that pride is misplaced. When Kyle was in the 8th grade, he was invited to try-out for an elite soccer team. He was on the fence about it but I kept encouraging him and looking back, I think I coerced him into taking the chance. After the try-outs, he was asked to join the team and he reluctantly said yes. I could not figure out why he was not more enthused about it and when it came time for the first practice, he flat out told me he did not want to do it. I argued with him and cajoled him but to no avail. It was not until I stepped back and took a breath that I realized my self-esteem as a parent was being hurt by his refusal. All I could think about was how I would look good as a parent because he was on that team. Oh wow.. What a humbling moment that was!
Humility is a cloak we should all want to wear, but it is often more comfortable to wear one of finding fault with others. I am reminded of the chorus of “Jesus Friend of Sinners”:
“Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.”
Those pointing fingers are a result of pride… of thinking of ourselves as better than others.
- Pride can make us concerned with how others see us. We are worried about how we look… we have to look successful and competent and can’t admit our weaknesses.
- Pride makes us hungry for attention, for people to notice us and to respect us. And how great we feel when someone of power notices us and sets us apart
- Pride can make us unable to say “no” because we need to be needed and feel we have to say “yes”
- Pride gives birth to other sins… for example, we lie because we are too proud to admit we are wrong or that we have done something wrong.
- Pride is self-obsession and preoccupation with ourselves. It says “I am worth thinking about all the time.” It puts the focus on us and takes it away from God.
Humility sets us free because when we think less about ourselves, we are free to think more about Christ. Putting the cross in the right place in our lives puts pride in its place. Focusing on the cross reveals what we truly deserve, but it also reveals the grace of God and what was accomplished at that cross. When we are humble, we acknowledge that we are born inadequate but are made new in Christ. Matthew 23:12 tells us that those exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Where is your focus today… on yourself or on the cross?
Proverbs 27:2 English Standard Version (ESV)
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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