Many people are usually blind to their own faults, and this is extremely dangerous, especially for those in higher positions of life, and in particular those of us in ministry positions in the church. Let me remind you that ministry simply means service.
Very sadly, we have all witnessed great preachers go down in defeat under very shameful circumstances due to pride, arrogance and enormous ego.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”. Proverbs 16:18
Left unchecked, our ministries will exist only for humanistic purposes and not for the purposes of God. Last week, someone told me, he was not proud; after I chastised him for judging a lady in the banking hall. He compared his wealth, and academic achievements and tried to look down on the lady whose only crime was to tell him to go outside and answer his call. After arguing with the bank staff for sometime, his ego was eventually broken, his raised voice attracted almost everyone in the banking hall to the scene. He had no option than to go out. When he returned, I told him he was too harsh on the lady. She was only doing her job. No one is allowed to pick calls in the banking hall. He told me he knows his value and dignity and will not allow a “common bank staff” to disrespect him.
A sense of one’s own dignity or value, pleasure or satisfaction; achievement, possession, full of self-respect and independence is not bad in itself. But to conduct yourself with arrogance, haughtiness, have an excessive high opinion of yourself, and think nobody else is better than you is pride. Our value and self-worth is not rooted in ourselves, but in Christ. Once you begin to compare yourself to others; perhaps your wealth, gadgets, jewels, cars, houses, academic credentials etc.
Those who have the sickness of pride in their hearts speak of others’ problems with contempt, irritation, disdain and judgement. Pride is attempting to belittle the problems and struggles of others, and make them feel unworthy either in private or public.
When pride lives in our hearts, we are far more concerned with others’ perception of us than the reality of our hearts. Pride is always conscious of reputation and not integrity….
To be cont
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.