Transparent Pride

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 

Philippians 2: 1-4

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Pride should never be a motivation for a believer, all things should be done by the movement of the Holy Spirit.

How easily that is said. How easy when we aren’t faced with our own pride do we lovingly give out the advice to live in the Spirit. Us though? Oh we’re not prideful…wait, simply saying that makes us prideful.

Do I value others? Absolutely.

Do I have the lowliness of mind when it comes to my approach to others? Not exactly…and definitely not all the time.

But what does that look like for my life, for your life, for anyone’s life? I honestly believe it means having a deep sense of humility and giving all glorification, in all circumstances, to Christ. An honest self-examination, as only you and God can search your heart, to see whether personal possessions, personal plans, or our very own person are held above others and their needs.

Am I saying we all need to be doormats? Not in the least.

But let me be very transparent here. There are far too many times where I want to push my own agenda above seeing others’ value and worth. It’s an ugly thing to realize when you search deep within. Over the years I have become a prideful person, which in turn has led me to look at life very cynically when I could easily see it through a beautiful lens of other-focused lenses. It sucked to admit that to myself, and to God.

But you know what? I am so thankful that He showed that to me, revealing a dark part of my heart I hadn’t seen before. I hadn’t acknowledged had been residing in my life, a swirling toxin that spilled into various parts at my life when tipped at just the right moment.

It isn’t something that is confessed and turned from…as pride jumps up quite frequently if we take time to notice it. It’s not something to address in your own strength, and I most definitely rely upon God to provide what only He can and show me how to address it as He would, not as I am.

Maybe today you’ll be presented with an opportunity to show encouragement and humility towards another person…or maybe you’ll be faced with the option of choosing your own advancement and interests. But what would it look like if we as believers started extending humility, in a like-minded way that reflects Christ in us, to show value to others and not point to ourselves?

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