Our pastor is preaching through the book of Ephesians right now in narrow, deep slices. Last week he reached Ephesians 2:8-10. Mid-sermon, he made a thought-provoking statement about pride and humility:
“When we hold ourselves up for the admiration of others we seduce them to their ruin.”
Strong words. I typically think of pride as an individual sin – a declaration of personal preeminence apart from God. It’s annoying to others, yes, but dangerous? Demanding adulation has dual effects: It turns others’ attention away from God, and it pins their admiration on an imperfect object. We will make mistakes. Who do we want others to model their lives after? How do we live with excellence while pointing people past ourselves to God?
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