It is the Monday of Holy Week. Yesterday in church the palm branches were waving and shouts of “Hosanna!” were heard. We cry out “Save Us!” as Christ enters Jerusalem, we recognize the Savior has come and we lay down our garments before Him.

And Monday comes. With the celebration of praise and adoration comes the judgment of God. Christ is fully God and fully man, and with that entry into holy week He brings with Him the judgment of our fruitless, thieving hearts. Mark leaves us only eight verses of Monday and yet it’s a direct reflection of who we are and why we needed Christ’s entry on Sunday.

The fig tree not bearing out fruit isn’t Christ having a case of the Mondays and losing His temper. Remember He is GOD. No the fig tree should have had evidence of it’s future fruit bearing at that point in the season. But there was nothing. Christ wasn’t hangry, He was exacting judgment and pronouncing that judgment had come to all. That speaks directly to me and it should to us all as believers. Are we bearing fruit as expected by the Vine? Are we connected to the Source of our lives? We will show budding of that expectant fruit if we are, and we can expect the convicting power of Christ if we are not producing fruit.

Then we have the table-flipping Jesus,  the Jesus who I seem to like alot. But He’s also bringing judgment, to our thieving hearts. To those that sit in the temple and seek to segregate, separate and profit from their own ideas and opinions. Thieving hearts that serve themselves rather than the gospel of Christ. Worshiping idols of greed, pride, ego and self-service.

So Monday is here. The Monday that follows praise and adoration, triumphal celebration of Sunday and brings the urgent message of judgment. Judgment come in flesh for repentance…for confession…for turning. We see the full righteous anger of Christ on Monday of Holy Week, and how it directly speaks to us and the state of our hearts.

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?