The definition of pride: A high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in those thoughts because we live in a world that is often considered “THE ME GENERATION.”
Advertising is geared to making us feel we are so worth it! We are told to drive a certain kind of car because we deserve it. We are told to eat at a specific restaurant because it’s where all the “in” people hang. We are told to use various products because we need them to prove our value. We want to be the best; to surpass the other guy; to look and feel successful; to reach the top. We live in a world where winning is everything … or is it?
God wants us to succeed, but not at the expense of others. What would others think of us if they knew what was lurking in the deep, dark corners of our hearts? How would we appear if all our sins were displayed like they were in the classic “The Scarlet Letter” for all the world to see? We all have hidden thoughts, desires and things we don’t want people to know about us – the ugly side of us.
What would the outcome have been if Jesus had decided not to suffer and die because He didn’t deserve it? What if God just destroyed humanity because He deserves better? This isn’t God’s true nature. He loves us more than we can comprehend. He cared enough for us to send His only Son to take our place. Jesus’ example of humility and love for others should be a guide for our lives too. If we put God first, others second and ourselves last we have the perfect combination for true success.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Phillipians 2:3