Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Pride sabotages

Broadcast 4039
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James 4:6 (NET) But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble."

Many of the workers in Mrs. Anderson's organization were very proud, which was now affecting the organization's reputation. The customer service left much to be desired, and the general attitude of her employees was one of arrogance. This issue stemmed from certain human resource trainers who had taught them to "esteem yourself if you want others to esteem you" and other similar notions that translated into a proud demeanor in unregenerate hearts.

Mrs. Anderson noticed this problem and tried to fix it by hiring another HR trainer, but it didn't work. One morning, after receiving yet another serious complaint due to the arrogant disposition of her staff, she asked the Lord how to fix this problem. The Lord quietly reminded her of how He teaches His church humility—by example.

She decided to start showing up at that particular office early every morning to work with the customer relations officers. She would attend to customers, help them carry their bags if necessary, be exceedingly polite, and greet them with a bow, among other humble gestures.

When her arrogant staff saw how humble their CEO was, most of them adjusted immediately and became genuinely humble in their demeanor and the way they related to customers. However, Mrs. Anderson had no choice but to fire the staff who did not change despite her example.

The Lord Jesus taught us that the path to greatness in His kingdom is through service and humility, and He exemplifies it. The easiest and fastest way for a believer to receive the virtue of humility is by looking at the humility of the Lord Jesus: how despite His greatness, He humbled Himself, became a man, and was persecuted and killed by the very men He created. He is so accessible to the lowliest of men.

Go into today remembering that pride is one of the few things in a person that can cause God to oppose him (see James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-6). Many people's problem is not their enemies attacking them; it is their pride sabotaging them and causing them to receive opposition from God instead of help.

Ask the Lord to help you fix your gaze on Him and inherit His virtues of humility and gentleness (Matthew 11:29).
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

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