There are primarily two types of pride, but one sometimes poses as humility. Check out this illustration…
It = Something truly awesome, completely free, and IT is just for you.
Here IT is!
Pride #1 Says:
Yes, I deserve IT.
Pride #2 Says:
No, I can’t. I don’t deserve IT.
Thank you. Now, how can I use IT to bless others?
Can you see how Pride #2 is kind of sneaky? It imitates humility, but it is still self-focused.
True humility is others-focused.
Something else to consider: What if IT = salvation?
Can we humbly accept the forgiveness of God through his son Jesus Christ for the truly awesome, completely free gift of salvation?
Can we experience profound gratitude for our salvation that inspires us to bless others?
Can we live-loved in a world full of hate?
Can we let this little light shine in such a dark place?
I believe with all my heart that we can. Lord let us practice Jesus’ words found in Matthew Chapter 25…
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:34-40 NIV
Prayer: Father help me to be humble and grateful, to think less about me and more about others as I seek to use the gifts and challenges you have given me to serve others in this life and to grow your kingdom for eternity. Amen.
This post is inspired by one of my favorite quotes: “Humility does not think less of self but thinks of self less.” – Rick Warren