I have heard it said that every sin referenced in the Bible can be traced back to pride. Think back to the fall of man in Genesis. Satan came to Adam and Eve and twisted God's instructions to them. He played on their pride. Listen to the words that convinced them to disobey God and eat of the fruit,
"You will be like God." Satan knew that the temptation of knowing what God knows, being wise and powerful like God was a big enough temptation to draw Adam and Eve in. After all, it's the same thing that caused him to fall from his place of honor in heaven, pride.
We don't read a lot in scripture about how Lucifer became Satan. Ezekiel is one of the places that talks of God's banishment of Lucifer from heaven. We learn that Lucifer's pride is what caused him to fall,
I find it all interesting, because of how much pride and control go hand in hand. Think about the meaning of the word pride:
"A feeling of satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired"
Now think about how it's connected to control. I have pride in MY achievements, MY qualities, MY possessions, MY money, MY family, MY job, MY house, MY, MY, MY. I worked hard for these things. They are all mine.
Do you hear the need for control there? I'm the one who provides, if it's not for me then it wouldn't get done. This type of mentality is damaging to all those connected. I can cause the person who is "doing everything" to eventually resent the load he or she is carrying, and others feel unneeded. This is why we so say much that church work is the responsibility of many.
If we are to be humble, as God wants us to be, then we must submit to God's will for our lives. We must realize that it's not my achievements, but God's achievements through me.
This week we are focusing on humility. On the flip side of humility is pride. It has been said that pride is the root of every sin, including the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden.
Read James 4:1-10.
- Reflect on all the times James speaks of humility.
- How does James compare humility and pride?
- What images come to your mind as you read these verse?
- Do you see yourself as a person who is more prideful or more humble?
- How can you grow to increase your humility?
Read James 3:11-12.
- How does judging others affect us?
- Does judgment fall into the category of pride or humility?
- What does it look like if we let God judge and we love?
Read James 4:13-17.
- How does it make you feel to know tomorrow isn't promised to us?
- How do we play our lives and still trust, God?
- When have you known you should do something, but not done it?