january 28th - ludicrous
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:3-8 (NKJV)
There may be no other sin that exposes us and makes us look bad in the eyes of others as the sin of pride. Pride is impossible to cover-up and it makes "us" look ridiculous! Pride happens to be THE original sin. It started with the angel Lucifer, who, in a moment of self-deception, drunk on pride, decided that he wanted to be God. How far lost in illusions of grandeur was Lucifer to arrive at such a ludicrous conclusion?
Ludicrous is a great word to associate with the sin of pride; Because, pride blinds us from seeing ourselves accurately. It makes self-actualization a possibility only after we have passed away.
The sin of pride is alive and well in our world today. I see it reflected in the mirror looking back at me every day. I see it as the rich, the powerful and the famous lord it over those who are not considered elite. It is even in the church. This is what caused the Apostle Paul to exclaim, "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." What is Paul trying to say?
That all of us need to serve in God's Kingdom with humility. Thankful and cognizant of the grace that God has given us in order that we might effectively serve God's purposes and bring HIM glory! We should strive to use our spiritual gifts with skill and excellence. We should practice, develop and study with diligence in order to serve well. (One last, "We should") We should be elite without being elitists.
Author's Note: For those who know me--I was gifted with the ability to sing. The curse of singing well is that some people think that you think you're all that, because you sing well. Please know that it doesn't bring glory to God to sing poorly when you have the God-given talent to sing well. The challenge is to remain humble while understanding that God is the author of all that is praiseworthy in us. So, whether you eat or drink or sing, whatever you do, do it for the glory of God! RJD