Well, My name is Jeffro, and I am guilty of being proud, boastful, loud, (unless I am sick) and obnoxious.
I never really identified my prideful, arrogant heart until I graduated from my first tier of ministry. There was lots of studying, exams, interviews and so on. But then when it was all over, came the glory. Credentialing ceremonies, cakes, being recognized at our District Council, the congratulations from everyone. It was great! I began to believe I was superior to others in the church. I had big dreams of Pastoring a huge church, where people would love my sermons and thank me for ministering to them. I was so proud of myself. But deep inside, something wasn’t right. I kept hearing this little voice saying “This is not about you, it’s about me.”
Paul the apostle writes in Second Corinthians chapter 12 about this exact thing. He teaches that Christ gave him a “Thorn in his flesh” to help keep him focused and humble. Check it out;
2 Corinthians 12:5-10 New Living Translation (NLT)
That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Now, I am not exactly sure that the feeling of guilt that I felt was like Paul’s thorn, But It got me thinking, “What do I have to be prideful or boast about?” My job here is specifically be a tool that Christ can use to reach people. I don’t have the authority to do anything, he does! I don’t have the power to change lives, only he does! And here is the best part, He can use you, just like he uses me.
I realized that I was the exact same person in Christ before I received my ministry card as I was the day after I received it.
As human beings, I think we forget how important grace is. It was the grace of Christ that saved us, and that same grace that continues to love us unconditionally every single day.
Pride is a dirty, nasty low down tool that the enemy uses to make us believe that we are too good for grace. That we are above the atonement. That Christ’s sacrifice couldn’t possibly mean anything in our culture today.
It’s a lie.
Don’t let your pride strangle you and keep you from the grace that Jesus bestowed upon you on the cross.
Listen to that little voice inside.
You are worth it.
What do you think?
Untill next week,