In the era of social media, selfies, tweets, and posts, we are constantly provided ways to let other people know what we think of ourselves. It seems as those modesty and candor have been tossed out to be replaced by self promotion. Pride has taken over and we know what God thinks of a proud heart. I have often had to catch myself, and reconsider a post.
This man was brutally honest with himself. He knew how highly he regarded himself, yet he also realized how wicked he is inside. It reminds me of the Apostle Paul in Romans Ch. 7
That is humility. If anyone in the body of Christ had cause to be proud, it was Paul the Apostle. In Philippians 3 we are given what is commonly called "Paul's sevenfold pedigree". We take pride in our looks, our body, our possessions, our relationships, our achievments. Let's look at what Paul had to take pride in.
In the culture of the time, Paul had it all. That is until he came face to face with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus. Then and only then did he realize just how much he had fallen short. He was made blind, so he could see. See his sin, his pride, his arrogance, and his need for a savior. On that day, in that moment, none of his "pedigree" mattered. He finally realized what was important was not his efforts, but his faith. His faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.
What do you take pride in?
- Your looks? Fleeting
- Your youth? Fading
- Your wealth? It can't buy salvation
- Your achievements? Soon forgotten
- Your family? In need of a savior as well
- Your idols? They can't hear you
- Dead saints? They can't save you
- Your possessions? It is all going to burn
Lord, help me to take pride in you. To honor you in all I do and not get caught up in the world. To be humble and contrite. To stop looking in the mirror, and start looking to you.