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Pride runs deep

How easy it is for us to forget that the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf is the reason why we are we part of the family of God.  Day by day, our works ‘shout out’ to others around us that we are part of the family because of all the ‘good’ that we do, because of the many hours of ministry in which we engage, and because we ‘gave up’ a better career to serve God cross culturally.

We’ve got it all wrong.  As one writer put: “It is painful to pride to discover that the Christian life is not rooted in what we can do, but in what we need done to us.”

proudPride.  It’s the belief that we can live and do ministry on our own.  Really.  We might not say that out loud.  We might use all the right spiritual phrases, but our pride will not let us go as far as to say: ‘we can do nothing apart from Him.”

It is the painful ‘tearing away’ from that self-centeredness in which we must engage each day.  However, even to do that, we need the working of Christ’s Spirit in our hearts (Psalm 139:23-24).

Pride runs deep. It will not be overcome in a day’s effort.  It is a marathon work that calls us to daily repentance and faith.  It is a journey where we need others to help us move away from self-centeredness towards other-centeredness.

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