Week 14 – Pride
I pray that everyone had a great Easter. Today, I have been praying with gratitude because I am proud that over 18,000
guests can hear the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, every year, at Windermere. Wait a minute- Are we allowed to be proud? Well, sometimes.
Sometimes pride can be a bad thing. In the New Testament there was a group of religious leaders who were known for their pride – the Pharisees. In
Luke 18:11 the Bible says –
The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.’ (NASB)
The Pharisees are described as praying to themselves. It is like they are self-made. Sometimes pride can be a bad thing. On the other hand, there is good pride. In Romans 8:16-17 the Bible says –
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (NIV)
We are adopted into royalty. But that privilege is only bestowed upon us so we can serve others. As an offspring of the King, we ought to be striving for excellence, not mediocrity. Our desire should be to do our best NOT so we’ll get a reward at the end of the year. We should have pride in our service because we represent the King.
There is no such thing as a self-made ministry. Here at Windermere…we represent the King. Co-heirs with Christ.
Let’s end with a smile today –
Not long ago there was a CEO of a Fortune 500 company who pulled into a gas station. He went inside to pay and when he returned he noticed his wife engaged in a deep discussion with the service station attendant. It turned out she knew him. In fact she dated this man when she was in high school. The CEO, after driving a short way, says to his wife, “I bet I know what you were thinking. I bet you were thinking you’re glad you married me, a Fortune 500, CEO and not him a service station attendant.” The wife said, “No I was thinking if I’d a married him, he’d be a Fortune 500, CEO and you’d be a service station attendant.”
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It is always a pretty day at the lake.