I’ve been thinking a lot about arrogance lately. I have three unfinished articles about the topic that I intended to post this week, but none of them came to a close in the right way. I could feel something stirring in my stomach; a thought was birthing, but it wasn’t ready yet. This morning I realized why.
If you’re not too familiar with the Bible, a guy named Paul wrote a lot of it. In one of his letters, he is reprimanding a group of people for many reasons but one of which being their arrogance. In the same breath he says “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with wisdom and eloquence lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” (1 corinthians 1:17)
“That’s a weird thing to say. What does he mean?” I wondered while walking to get my morning Starbucks. I pondered and then it hit me.
Far too often, pride slips into the most genuine of hearts as a whisper saying “but you can do it better…”
God doesn’t need us to do him any favors.
The purpose He gave us over our lives is perfectly complete as is. We don’t need to manipulate it, rearrange it, change it, enhance it, add to it, take away from it, etc. It is already perfect because it is from Him. Everything He has created is perfect, all on its own. That includes you. But what are you? Who are you? You are your purpose. Your purpose makes you unique. Your purpose makes you special. Your purpose makes you YOU.
Paul was referring directly to the gospel but to me the gospel and purpose are inseparable. (Why do you think I am so bent on getting people to live purpose driven lives?) The gospel says Jesus came to die for us so we could have eternal life as well as freedom on this earth.
So let me ask you, why did He set us free? Was it so we could bury ourselves again in our small little fear boxes? (Also known as comfort zones.) Or was it so we could accomplish what He needed us to do that human failure would otherwise prevent?
I am convinced that fear is a product of pride. Think about it. Isn’t fear usually derived from our inadequacies? “I will fail. I don’t have enough money. I can’t do it it’s too hard. I’m not good enough.” All are pointing inward, instead of upward. Aka pride.
I wish I could write this from a place of resolution on this issue but to be honest, I am as big a victim as you may be. Every single day I balance my ambitions against their motive. I am nowhere near understanding the answer to this human problem. But what I can do is share with you what I am learning along the way, in hopes to encourage you. Continue opening your eyes, listening to the truth, receiving wise counsel, and choosing to die to your ego every single day. God doesn’t need us to make things easier for him. He makes things easier for us.