We live in a driven culture. We are driven to succeed, driven to be leaders, driven to excel. And underlying this succeed-at-all-costs message is the exaltation of the Self.
Everyone wants to be the leader, not the servant. The chief, and not the follower. We look at those who have achieved success with wonder and try to be like them.
However, unless they are truly following God and not walking in pride, that successful person’s cup is really empty and not full. Although it may not appear that way, it’s true.
Pride is actually the source of all the troubles in the entire world!
Most of us have heard that “pride goes before a fall” but few of us really understand how that works. This teaching explores how pride undermines and hurts us, cutting us off from a healthy relationship with the Lord who loves us. We need to understand how pride works and take a different path.
Jesus came as the Servant of all. He gave up everything to open the way for us, so that we could reach the Father. And what do we know about God our Father?
“He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
God is not proud. Further, He knows that pride has the power to destroy our souls, so His mission is to unmask this malady, so we can meet with Him, and receive His nature and experience His love. Jesus offers us another path, a better one. He expressed it best when He said this:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, NIV