Guard Against Pride
8th MAY 2022
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Philippians 2:6 NLT
As depicted throughout the life of Jesus, the place of leadership is one of service. Service not unto oneself, but unto God and others. It goes without saying that as you serve; giving your life, your time, your emotions, your finances, etc., people will draw closer to you. They will begin to respect you and may even sing your praises, something we see with David.
He went from a shepherd boy known by none to a King loved by many. One whose praises were sung all over the city. The honour and reverence that comes with leadership increase the tendency for pride to creep into one’s heart, just take a look at Rehoboam. He let the office of King and his newfound authority cause him to discount wise counsel. He wasn’t humble even to recognise that although he didn’t agree with the advice given, it was wisdom.
As leaders, humility must be our companion because scripture makes it very clear that God despises the proud but gives grace to the humble. Once pride rears its ugly head, all your endeavours thereafter will be in vain; unless God builds the house, the labourers labour in vain.
Don’t let pride nullify your work as a leader, nip it in the bud. Have the attitude of Christ and Humble yourself in obedience to God.
Father, may every spirit of pride be cast away and in its place, may the same Spirit of humility that was found in Christ, clothe us. In the name of Jesus. Amen
Further Reading: James 4:6/ Psalm 127:1
Bible In One Year: Job [4–7]