The Evolution of Finger-Pointing: Part Two, Pride

Hello readers!  If you haven’t read Part One on Forgiveness, please do this first.  Or Part Two on Pride won’t completely make sense…

Once we begin to realize that we should concentrate on the plank in our own eye before we try to help others remove the speck in their eye, we can’t help but to seek divine intervention in our difficult endeavor.  I remember the day very clearly when God opened up the book of “my life” and began to show me that no matter where I have been, good and bad, I am where I am right now because of all the decisions I have made.  The road to “now” may have been circuitous, but in the end, God only cares about where I am today.  On a spiritual level, the sum of my life brings me to today, and God has sanctified it.  We cannot question the how or the why because it is beyond our mortal thoughts as to how we really got to our station right this moment.  We have heard that God changes us from the “inside out”.  This statement is indeed true.  Our relationship with God starts and ends with focus on Christ and what He teaches us about ourselves.  But there is a problem here:  once one begins to heal, once a person begins to “get it”, once a person allows the Truth to saturate their being, we step into the light.  The light is a tough place to be sometimes because God sees you, but so does the enemy!  If we are to live out loud and profess our faith and let our light shine, there are powers that will stop at nothing to put that fire out.  And one of the best tools for damping our spirit is pride.  We can become “proud of ourselves” for finding the answers; we become so excited about finally being freed from the bondage that we can, quite by accident, begin to take some credit for that freedom.  We now have all the answers, and are convinced that it is our job to shoot the signal flare and start drawing folk to us.  The finger starts pointing at our own faults, and then can take on a nasty slant.  “Look at me!”, “Look at what God can do!”, “I have found the Answer”, and “Listen to what I have to say”, and many other road signs that cause others to look to you for answers as well.  The problem is there is a tendency to take some credit for the profound change in our life.  We may not say it out loud, but inwardly, we can feel it grow like a cancer:  cancers become part of our bodies, part of what makes us function, a destruction that comes from being interwoven into the fabric of “us”.  The enemy is clever indeed.

This whole notion reminds me of a humorous story once told to me:  A person looking for a parking place at a busy market prays, “God, please help me get a parking spot!”  Suddenly, a car begins to pull out and a space opens up, and the person says, “Never mind, God, I got this…thanks anyway!”  We too easily take answered prayer for granted and begin to wonder “what have You done for me lately?”  If we begin to take credit for our own restoration, we can go down another very slippery slope.  We must realize that all things of this earth will eventually fall short and disappoint.  If we prop ourselves up, we will disappoint, if we set someone else upon a pedestal, they will disappoint, if we base our truth on religion, it will disappoint.  On and on it goes.  Be aware:  don’t point to things that can disappoint!  You and I both know that all people will disappoint:  whether it is some fault or some sin or ultimately their passing away from the earth.  Everyone will leave you, no one can always be there for you, no one is perfect, and all will disappoint.  Even if a person leads a wonderfully enriched, spiritual, Christian life; that person will eventually leave us and pass away.  That is why we must not point at ourselves as the answer; we cannot stand up publicly and announce, “I have found the answers”.  And we cannot, under any circumstance, point to a human and honestly say, “That person had the answers!”  The way God works, the Holy Spirit can show us truth, but one can never take ownership of that truth…by seeking, God never disappoints us in the treasure (see post on disciplegideon.wordpress.com), but that treasure has to be given away to remain pure.  To possess something automatically takes the divine beauty from it.

Just look at the examples given us:  preachers that fall (or should I say crash and burn!) can take hundreds, if not thousands down with them; people who we have counted on for years are now in a downward spiral, our relationships can break, even nature groans in birth pangs.  I recently read how a very powerful preacher in Orlando who built a “ginormous” (my daughter’s word) church, was found dead in a hotel room with cocaine.  Many powerful pastors have lived a secret life of sin.  What happens to the members of their church?  One of two things happens:  the followers either realize that their faith should be in God alone, or they lose their faith altogether.  What a shame!  The whole world points and laughs, “See, you fools are just full of hot air and build your lives on unfounded, unreasonable faith…hypocrites!”  You see how powerful the enemy can be?  How do you destroy goodness?  By destroying it from the inside out:  “a house divided, cannot stand”.  So if we point a finger to this preacher or that teacher or ourselves, we set ourselves up for failure.  So this brings us to the final evolution of finger-pointing:  pointing to Christ and Him alone.  Now how do we do this effectively?

To be continued…

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About blueherondesigngroup

I am a Christian trying to reach people with the Gospel of Christ without offending and preaching. I am trying to add a fresh perspective to the spiritual life. I am a husband and father of four. I am involved in prison ministry and a member of AA... A lot of my writings are for the "down-trodden" and can be offensive if one is not a Christian.
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