Contrary to what many believe, Jesus did not come to save the world for those who had it all together. In fact, Jesus walked the earth using ordinary things like dirt and spit to do extraordinary things. Like making a blind man see from a mud pie. Instead of the Pharisee’s being able to celebrate the miracle that just had happened before them, they were blinded by pride. The Pharisee’s interrogated the man who now could see and even his parents! How could Jesus do such a thing like healing a man on the Sabbath!?
This sounds funny and innocent from the pages of John 9 looking in. But, we very well could be the Pharisee’s accusing Jesus of healing the man on the Sabbath and miss the miracle too. Living a life filled with pride can blind us of the extraordinary, what God is doing before us, and who he wants to do it through. We foolishly look inward and compare ourselves to ourselves and miss the grace we desperately need.
But, Why do we do this?
Knowing pride is the root of all sin, how can we get ensnared in it so easily?
There are many ways that people fall into pride. One being the underlying message in society that says we have to have it together. According to the Word of God, we do not have to have it all together. In fact, our weakness is a portal to God’s power. His grace is sufficient in our weaknesses. This frees you and I from needing to look strong on the outside while we are quietly crumbling away on the inside. His grace and mercy that He died to give us is a ticket to humility. We cannot earn it and we do not deserve it.
Jesus can’t save those who do not think they need saving.
Jesus came to save people who were broken in sin. He came to save you and me. Not only did he come to save us, but to help us in our weaknesses. We can end up dipping our toes in the prideful swamp as we take our focus off Christ and the gift of grace. We then turn our attention inward, on self. In our fallen nature, we are selfish and self centered. Walking in our new nature, we are selfless because we are Christ centered. All we are and all we need, He is our source.
Holy Spirit explained pride this way to me, “Thinking you know it all is a sure sign you don’t know much”.
Join me today in asking the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from the inside out. Let us come before the throne of God, ready to admit when we have been wrong or missed the mark. Then we can receive the grace and mercy Jesus died to give us. I invite you to be free the unrealistic standard of having it all together. I loose a great eagerness to be continually taught by the only one who does.
- Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.” Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?” Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure. -John 9:39-41 MSG
- Claiming to be wise, they became fools, -Romans 1:22 ESV
- Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. -Proverbs 16:18 NLT
- Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
- I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. -1 Timothy 1:12-16 ESV