This morning’s message at LifeChurch began a series called Chasing Light.
PRIDE. Pride hinders our relationship with God. We deny being proud, but Pride can manifest itself in many ways. “I am the most humble man I know,” is a quote a friend shared with me a while back. Funny, right? We boast in our humility, in our wisdom, our knowledge, our acquisitions. We become judgmental and critical. We compare ourselves to others. We deceive ourselves and become blind to our weaknesses.
James 4:6 reminds us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. It does take a lot of humility to fall before His throne and ask for forgiveness, to admit that we need grace, we NEED mercy! It takes humility to admit that we are sinful, broken people. It takes humility to submit to the authority of the Most High God. (Matthew 7:3-5, Philippians 2:6-7, Micah 6:8)
Pride hides God’s light. It boards up the windows, settles as dust and grime in our lives. I am reminded of an episode of Curious George where he becomes a window washer for Mr. Glass. There is a man in the apartment building who is so focused on reading his books, he doesn’t notice that his windows and eye glasses are filthy! He complains about the lighting being poor until George cleaned the glass! The light streamed in and the man could miraculously see! He was amazed at George’s ability! What would happen if we allowed the Spirit to help us clean the windows in our souls? What would the Light reveal? What else would we need to clear out so that we can let Christ in? It is only the blood of Christ that can cleanse our souls enough to expose the sin within. It is only Christ who can help us declutter the depths of our hearts and unite us with the Holy God! Christ alone exposes the preoccupation we have with our own importance.
Take some time this week to reflect on Isaiah 55:8-9. Let the Light shine in!