We talked about the Lord's Supper Sunday. We mentioned how an outward focus runs deep in our faith. And we looked at all of the outward focused words and phrases in Matthew's account of the Lord's Supper. I like to think in contrasts or opposites because it brings clarity to the picture. So I asked myself the question, "What is the opposite of the Lord's Supper?" My first thought was pride. Pride does not go to the cross. Pride does not give thanks. Pride does not pour out. Pride does not go out. Pride is so inward focused and it says I would rather be right than be in relationship with God and other people.
The Bible tells us that pride comes before the fall. So pride has negative consequences, let's not kid ourselves. Pride can be a very real issue in our lives, but we have the power to overcome it through Jesus. Proverbs 11:2 says, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
Practicing humility requires overcoming pride in our lives. The event we know as the Lord's Supper reminds us how to do that. It is as simple as remembering the example of our Leader and Lord, Jesus Christ. Remember Jesus, take a step back, and choose humility over pride.
Scripture: Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
“Father God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I know pride only keeps me from You. I put down anything that would cause me to have pride in my heart in dealing with other people. Help me to prioritize others over myself. I ask you God, to remind me daily that true humility is not thinking less of myself, it’s thinking of myself less. I humble myself before You and come to You like a child. Give me humility over pride. In Jesus' name, Amen.“