“How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:12-14
When the fall happened in Genesis 3 the first sin of man could be said to have been when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6). Yet it seems truer for me that the original sin of man came from the mouth of satan himself, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5)
This is very significant for each person because this emphatically declares that we each, in our sin, desire to be ‘god’ in our own way Pride is birthed inside of each human being and manifests itself in many ways
- Husbands being unrepentant when they hurt their wives
- Fathers being unwilling to apologize when they accuse their children of doing wrong
- CEO’s promoting themselves and their own interest to the harm of their employees
- Pastor’s using their pulpit to further their own agenda
- Women spreading gossip about the affairs of others while showing herself to be superior to another
- Children rebelling against their parents and even lying when asked to confess
Pride permeates each and every avenue of our lives and it is only redeemable by the grace of God
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, 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 by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Comparatively, Christ did not consider his position (or equality with God) as a justification to pursue his own will (interest). Rather he gave himself (and His divinity away) for the sake of his sheep. In John 13, we see that Jesus unrobes himself to prepare to wash the feet of the disciples. In the same way we are called to strip ourselves of our privilege (money, status, race, sex, marital status, etc) and resources for the sake of the Kingdom and others.
- Husbands seeking (empowered by love and conviction) to repent openly to their wives when she has been hurt by his doing
- Fathers displaying to their children that ‘real men’ are kind and humble
- CEO’s conducting their business in such a way that their employees feel empowered
- Pastor’s proclaiming the gospel truth even in the face of persecution and ridicule
- Women being gentle in spirit while seeking to affirm the broken hearted
- Children receiving instruction with humble and contrite spirits while realizing that their instruction is for their growth
Finally, the conversation surrounding our pride and humility applies to us all because each of us has been compromised by the desire to be “like God.” Yet, we serve a God who has not only modeled humility for us but has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us to ‘pour out our lives’ just as Christ poured out his.
Recent graduate of George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University. Currently a minister at Eagles Nest Church and an Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.