1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (NIV)
I asked a friend recently how he enjoyed his week's vacation at home with his three kids while his wife was gone. He told me that he had enjoyed his time so much that he wished he could quit his job and stay home all the time. He had realized how much he had missed spending time with his kids. He wanted to reach an important position in the company that he is working for, and this entailed working long hours. Because of his desire to achieve at work, he had neglected his family. It was because of his pride that he may have lost his relationship with his family. While he may have been climbing the corporate ladder, he found that his family was much more important.
This situation can happen very easily in the church also. I have seen some people who want to attain some kind of position in the church and then use that position as a pedestal to stand on. Instead of spreading the gospel, they only wish to satisfy their pride. It is so easy to fall into this line of thinking. I have allowed my pride to interfere with my relationship with God. I thought I was someone important, and should then be respected and listened to. Instead of feeding our pride, Peter tells us that we should humble ourselves so that God may lift us up. It is not what we do but what God does with us that matters. We should not worry about our position and status, because it is God's recognition that counts. God is more than capable of blessing us when he is ready. We cannot force his hand by elevating ourselves to a position. I try not to let my pride get in the way of my relationship with God, just as my friend is trying not to let pride get in the way of his family relationships.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we submit ourselves humbly to your will. May we follow the example that Christ set for us. May we never let pride interfere with our relationship with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.