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03 February 2010

Pride vs. Humilty

2:56 PM Posted by steve flores 1 comment
It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Preparing for a message for a service that I do on Thursdays, I ran across an old message I preached on the difference between pride and humility. It struck me as I read it. I thought about posting it, hoping it would do the same for anyone else who may decide to read it. It’s a little long, but this was one of the points dealing with recognition.

"It's not smart to stuff yourself with sweets, nor is glory piled on glory good for you." Proverbs 25:27 (The Message)

Pride says: “I am known by what I know.”

The prideful person prides themselves on their vast, abundant knowledge—self-proclaimed well-springs of knowledge. You don’t have to ask for their opinion, because they have probably already given you one, two or three. If the prideful person doesn’t know the answer, you would never know, because they wouldn’t tell you. They believe they are known by what they know.
Now, I’m not making a sweeping generalization that all smart people are prideful and not so smart people are humble; this type of person feels that their significance and their popularity hinges on the information they house in their head. It’s all about what I know that makes me known.

“I have to have an answer for everything.”

“If you find me impressive, that means you recognize me, and if you recognize me, then that means I have arrived.”

Humility says: “I am known by Who I know.”
Let’s play a game. It’s called the, “What’s more impressive?” game. What’s more impressive…
Knowing, how many threads are in a single pair of Ralph Lauren jeans or knowing Ralph Lauren?
Knowing, how many steals, championships, total points, assists, and three pointers are in the career of Michael Jordan or knowing Michael Jordan?
Knowing, how many books—authors and titles—ever been featured in Oprah’s book club, all her guests since the beginning of her show, all her favorite shoes, where she likes to shop or knowing Oprah Winfrey?
Knowing, how many books are in the Bible with the ability to say them in reverse order, how many total chapters and verses there are, the ability to quote the Bible cover to cover—including the maps or knowing God!?

When Jesus quizzed His disciples in Matthew 16 about who they say He was, Peter was the one who spoke up, “You are the Christ.” Jesus commends Peter for knowing who He was and then later makes this famous declaration,

“What good will it be for a man if he gains [all the useless facts, Oprah’s trivia, NBA statistics, even stump others with Bible knowledge], yet forfeits his soul?”

You get the idea. It doesn’t matter that he knows or she knows what you know. That’s not impressive. It’s Who you know, knows you! The humble have figured this out.

The humble aren’t afraid to be outranked by God, letting Him receive the glory, or allowing their life to be a testimony of God’s power and wisdom. They know this is the goal.