The things we like the most bring us personal satisfaction, make us feel reassured, capable and even self-sufficient but, because of this satisfaction, we can run the risk of giving the “honour” to ourselves. Let’s give some examples:
When we counsel people and reach out to their needs and, resolve the problems that we have at home with our husbands, etc., everything that is related to what we like, including the work of God, can turn into something bad for us.
The biggest sign that we are seeking to honour ourselves is when we no longer depend on God. We do the work of God, we hold down a job, we may even give your all in everything we do, but deep, deep down inside, in a very subtle way, we serve our ego. The fact that we are clean, organized, intelligent, efficient, or get things resolved quickly, can also be a reason to glorify ourselves.
We do things to satisfy ourselves and not to serve God. This mistake makes us feel capable and, above everyone and everything. We put ourselves in the position of a Leader because we see ourselves as being the only one capable. For these reasons, everything that we like to do can be a trap, including a position or a title that we hold.
Many times people are sad when they are removed from their responsibilities, because the responsibilities were feeding their pride. Or, when they are in the position of giving orders, when they have the power of decision which has been granted to them, or when they are the “main” person in their area, or the most popular one in their region or church, or even because everyone wants to be near to them, everything that they like can turn against them!
Pride can grow in any and everything that you can imagine. Everything!
Because it’s our human nature to seek it’s own glory, at the end of everything and in everything.
“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive [a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh;” (Genesis 6: 1-3)
We will continue next week…