Pride, while exalted by society as an honorable quality actually poses a very significant problem. What problem, you ask? The problem lies in the perspective it fosters. You see, pride fosters an attitude that is inward in nature, a focus on self if you will. And, therein lies the problem, for it’s the focus that makes it so dangerous. Why? Because focus determines direction and direction determines destination. Furthermore, contrary to popular postmodern belief, there are not multiple paths of truth. There are, in fact, only two paths in life, the path that leads to life and that which leads to death. I’ll expound on what I mean.
As I have expressed before in previous posts, we (mankind) were created for fellowship with God. We were created to worship Him. We were created for His glory. That was our purpose and thus, our direction. However, the lie told by the serpent in the garden introduced a new direction. It was and is a direction that is determined by pride, as opposed to God. It is pride that causes sin and thus it is sin that separates us from God. It is because of this prideful state we are all born into that we cannot naturally fulfill our divine purpose in life. Yet, God in a gracious act of love, has made a provision to bring us back to the original path. It is a path that is forged by Jesus. And it is this path alone that leads back to a destination of eternal fellowship with our Heavenly Father. It is a path that requires a denial of self in order to follow Jesus. On the other hand, if we are not on this path with Jesus we are on the only other path there is, the path that leads to destruction. So, I leave you with this warning. Beware of pride in self. It is a raging twister that will surely destroy you if you are not mindful of it, for pride seeks to bring glory to oneself instead of God.