On my own I’m a mess and have nothing worth sharing. But to be fair, that’s the case with all of us. The times I get my panties in a wad are often the very times that insidious pride has crept in somewhere. As C.S. Lewis said, “the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison.” But the truth is, none of us have anything of eternal worth to share without Christ. But with Him and because of Him, we have worth and a story to share. He makes beauty from ashes and gives us irrevocable gifts. All we need to do is be willing to let Him use them and leave the response or results to Him, whether we see their effect this side of Heaven or not.
Here are a few red ” subtle pride” flags I’ve become aware of: when I feel like someone’s estimation of me matters, when I feel pressured to do something that someone thinks I should even though my own soul searching with God (even for goodwill sake) doesn’t confirm that, when I do the thing God has laid on my heart and instead of trusting God with it, allow disappointment that it meant little or nothing to someone that mattered to me.
Most people are fairly incensed about entitlement when it comes to politics. Most agree that too many folks are engorged on an entitlement attitude that takes money out of the pockets of the majority and puts it into an unfair welfare system. However, perhaps a spiritual entitlement check is in order.
Without God, I’m nothing. I wouldn’t even be here. But I am, and because of Him I experience abundant life. The only thing I’m entitled to as Adam and Eve’s progeny (with the same propensity for sin) is eternal separation from a Holy God. Keeping that in the back of my mind, helps me apply humility and long-suffering to the holes where pride and entitlement would otherwise seep in.
Thanks to Christ’s compassionate love for us and deep mercy, we who believe in Christ and His redemptive work on the cross are more than enough. We were brought to a place of royalty…joint heirs with Christ Himself. Now there’s a rags to riches true story for all time and eternity. Do you allow your story to play in Christ’s cause? No one but you can share your God given gifts and unique story! Do you hold back from sharing what God has given you to share? In Christ, we are all Most Valuable Players.