- if we say we are blogging for Jesus that it is He Who gets the glory
- with limited time we do not indulge in blog , facebook or twitter hopping for personal exposure and trivia resulting in ineffectual time stewardship
- instead of focussing on sending the message of Jesus Christ, the message worth talking about, we get distracted from our cause, mission for Jesus
- it is so attractive to win awards if we write the ear tickling blogs instead of sticking with tough issues related to our faith. It is so subtle, so wonderful to receive the world’s acclaim to our ego, our pride the characteristic which caused the highest angel of light to fall in disgrace to the depths of hell. As a roaring lion he seeks to devour the unwitting believer who wants to spread the gospel of peace and to distract him/her by building up pride – may we remind each other that pride goes before a fall
- we do not be mesmerized with increase in readership by unethical means to boost readership.
Staying close to the Bible can help us in cyberspace: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2.
Let us focus our readers’ attention on Jesus.
Wayne Blank http://www.keyway.ca/htm2002/20021231.htm wrote there are two kinds of pride Selfish pride can be defined as “excessive confidence or glorification in one’s self, possessions or nation.” The concept is found in The Bible, along with pride itself, in words such as arrogance, haughtiness and conceit, among others, all of which are opposite of Godly humility. The wrongness of self-centered pride is essentially twofold.
- On a spiritual level, it inevitably leads to disregard, disrespect and disobedience to God i.e. self-centered pride is primarily what transformed the once-righteous Lucifer into the wicked Satan after he became too impressed with himself: “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14 RSV).
- On a worldly level, selfish pride very often results in self-destructive behavior because, while a form of self-delusion, it isn’t necessarily as much an overestimation of one’s self as it is a dangerous underestimation of others, hence “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18 RSV).
The Bible also speaks of a good pride, but it differs greatly from selfish pride Selfish pride is sin:
“Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13 RSV)”For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride” (Psalm 59:12 RSV) “For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces The Lord. In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek Him” (Psalm 10:3-4 RSV) “When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2 RSV)
God will humble those who don’t humble themselves:
“And if in spite of this you will not hearken to me, then I will chastise you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like brass; and your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit. Then if you walk contrary to me, and will not hearken to me, I will bring more plagues upon you, sevenfold as many as your sins.” (Leviticus 26:18-21 RSV)”The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the pride of men shall be humbled; and The Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” (Isaiah 2:11 RSV) “A man’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor” (Proverbs 29:23 RSV)
The Bible also speaks of a good form of pride, but there is a difference – it’s based on a pride for others who are living in obedience to God.
“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. Open your hearts to us; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I have great confidence in you; I have great pride in you” (2 Corinthians 7:1-4 RSV)”We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who pride themselves on a man’s position and not on his heart.”
Dear Heavenly Father, please keep us focussed on You as we blog.
Help us remember to let You increase as we decrease
Help us not to be tempted to lift ourselves above You.
Keep our minds and hearts centred on Jesus only as we blog for you each day.
Help us bring others to You, worthy of our worship and adoration.
Forgive us for allowing any pride to stumble us in our efforts to spread Your Word
Spur us in Your love and speed the Light to all, only You
So take all we have and use us for Your honour and glory and bring those You love and have not seen the Light, bring them in from the fields of sin into Your glorious light and life In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Be it unto