Summary: Two observations concerning pride
Woodlawn Baptist Church
September 5, 2004
Did you hear the story about the two ducks and a frog who lived happily together in a farm pond? Being the best of friends, the three would amuse themselves and play together in their waterhole. When the hot summer days came, however, the pond began to dry up, and soon it was evident they would have to move. This was no problem for the ducks, who could easily fly to another pond. But the frog was stuck. So it was decided that they would put a stick in the bill of each duck that the frog could hang onto with his mouth as they flew to another pond. The plan worked well--so well, in fact, that as they were flying along a farmer looked up in admiration and mused, "Well, isn’t that a clever idea! I wonder who thought of it?" The frog said, "I did..."
Of all the sins with which we struggle, perhaps pride is the worst. Just when you think you’ve got it licked, it rears its old ugly head again, and just when you think you don’t struggle with it, there it is, in the most unwanted and surprising places. Remember I told you last week that pride is the one disease that seems to make everyone sick except the person who has it. But I want to expand on that thought for just a moment. There will be times, and perhaps have been times when pride is in your life and no one knew about it or recognized it, but God did, and whether anyone else in the world sees or cares about attitudes of supremacy or haughtiness in your life is unimportant, for what really matters is that God hates it. Pride is a spiritual disease; a spiritual cancer if you will that attacks you from within and is most often unrecognizable until it has grown to the point that drastic surgery is required to get rid of it. The kind of surgery that I am talking about is that surgery mentioned in the book of Hebrews, where the writer said,
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Spiritual surgery, performed by God in the person of the Holy Spirit, using the instrument of His holy Word to lay you open and reveal what’s really in your heart and mind, not with the intent of hurting you, but of helping you. You don’t treat an infection by putting a band-aid over it – you’ve got to get to the source of the problem, and so often, whether we realize it or not, it is pride that hinders us in our relationships with God and with others. It is pride that keeps us from enjoying intimacy with God. It is pride that keeps you from enjoying intimacy with your spouse or with your parents or with your children. It is pride that keeps a person from admitting his sin before God so he might be saved. It is pride that deceives and destroys, and today what you must be able to do is take an honest look at your life through the lenses of God’s piercing Word to see if it present in your own life so you can determine what God would have you do with it.