Lenten Blog – 3/18/2018
I had a discussion with someone recently about pride. Pride is difficult concept today because it can have different meanings, some good and some bad. You can be prideful (meaning arrogant) or you can be proud of the work you’ve done (satisfied and pleased). You can be known as being a proud person (boastful) or you can be known as someone who takes pride in their work (making sure you do your best). So, when we, in the church, talk about pride as a sin, what do we mean?
“Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4b-5a
Love isn’t boastful. When you do well, you can be pleased with what you have accomplished, but love means you stay humble. You don’t flaunt it in other people’s faces and you remember to be thankful to God for how He has blessed you.
Love isn’t arrogant or rude. Rather than thinking of yourself as better than everyone else, love means thinking of others as more significant than yourself (Philippians 2:3). You still do your best (Colossians 3:23-24), but you let your work speak for itself and use that reputation of being a good, hard worker to glorify God, rather than yourself.
Jesus illustrated this better than anyone. He was powerful, perfect, and wise. He literally was/is better than us, but He came humbly and served and even died on a cross for us.
So, stay humble and “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)