I ran across a few Facebook pages recently titled “I’m Proud To Be A Christian”. Proud Christian. That’s an oxymoron. As I read the Old Testament and the Gospels and Paul, I don’t read anything positive about pride. What I find, in fact, is God’s disdain for pride.
“Everyone who is proud in the heart is an abomination to the Lord” Proverbs 16:5
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves [the opposite of being proud] and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23.
When you do a keyword search in the Bible for pride you get references such as arrogance, conceit, deceit, haughtiness, unregenerate heart, self-exaltation, self-will and vanity.
A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. Proverbs 14:3
I fight pride daily. How about you? I’ve learned it’s hard to pick up my cross daily when I’m trying to solve problems and make plans and good choices from my own resources.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For EVERYTHING in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and THE PRIDE OF LIFE—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
No one can not be a proud authentic follower of Christ. Pride to any degree erodes our total dependence on God, which is the true definition of humility–total dependence on God.
Christ is our example of humility.
He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself (He became totally dependent on God for every word, every decision, every act of service) by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-8.
Jesus had no room in his ministry for pride. Nor do we have any room for pride in our service or dependence on Him. Instead shouldn’t we rather follow Christ’s example to the best of our ability by surrendering our will to His will every day?