Today’s QT blog, written by Pastor Charles Choe (Tapestry Church in Los Angeles), was originally posted on December 8, 2014.
Devotional Thought for Today
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Of all the sins, pride is probably the subtlest and the most dangerous. This is true for all of life, and as a pastor, I must say that pride is often a trap for those of us in the ministry. It seems that the more we accomplish for God and the greater “our” ministry becomes, the more susceptible we are to the trap of pride. What starts out to be a work for God’s glory, can quickly and easily turn into something that is bringing glory only to one’s self.
Pride says, “Look at me. Look at who I am, and what I’m doing.” But the Bible calls us to lift up the Lord instead so that He can draw all men unto Himself (Jn. 12:32)—not to draw attention to ourselves nor draw men to ourselves. Pride is especially dangerous because it takes the attention away from Jesus. This is almost a certainty: a prideful heart and a proud spirit are destined to fall and face destruction. God knows how to bring down the prideful spirit, and he will never fail to do just that.
So it is in our best interest to look into our own hearts to see what pride lurks in the deep recesses of our heart so that we can attempt to root it out. Destroying pride in the heart is one of the hardest battles that we all fight. This is why we must remind ourselves each morning that we are nothing without Jesus, and all the good that we have is from God himself.
Let us not have a proud heart. Rather, let us give God credit by acknowledging that whatever talents, abilities, and gifts we have are not products of our own creation, but given by God to be used to bless Him and others. A lot of people may say that it was all their hard work which enabled them to become doctors, lawyers, or teachers; but we must come to see how all the hard work in the world won’t make us any of those things unless God first bestows his gifts and abilities to us. Let us be humble and not lift ourselves up higher than we should. If we will but humble ourselves God will lift us up in his time and in his way.
Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 4
Prayer: Lord, help me to be humble. In humility, may your Holy Spirit speak more to me. Guide me through every conversation and decision today for your glory and not mine. Amen.
Lunch Break Study
Read Deuteronomy 8:17-18: “Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
Questions to Consider
- What are we are warned to be careful not to do?
- Who are we to remember? Why are we to remember Him?
- Do you tend be grateful for your blessings?
- To think that it was by our own power that we have attained wealth or blessings.
- We are to remember it was God who provides the power and wealth we have.
- Personal response
It’s a wonderful thing to know that God created us in such a way that it is nearly impossible to pat ourselves on the back, nor to be too harsh on ourselves.