Monday, November 06 2006
"The Christians are right: it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. . . . In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that--and therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison--you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you." Mere Christianity
When I was in seminary a fellow student had a poster on his wall with the words:
That is the beginning of all right thinking and living, isn't it? If we would all more fully realize these twin truths the world would be a different, in fact--a perfect place.
Can you imagine what the world would be like without pride?
James 4:1-3 says, "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."
The more I contemplate it, the more I like the thought of a world without pride. There is just one problem--the pride that is still in my own heart. I still have the pride of thinking I can somehow make the world right or at least make myself right with God. I can't. Only God can make the world right and make me right with him and others. In fact, that is what he has done, is doing, and will finally accomplish completely in Jesus Christ. What I need to do is what James recommends:
Father, thank you that you are making the world right, you are making me right, through Christ. Help me just to submit myself to you, to surrender, to let you shape me as the potter shapes the clay. Fashion me and the world into your humble masterpiece by your Spirit. Amen.