76. Don't become spiritually proud

The Lord sent the Israelites back into the wilderness and there He gave them some further instructions. One of the instructions was very interesting to me. God told them to make tassels for the hem of their clothing and to attach it to the corner of the hem with a blue cord. And the reason was:

"The tassles will remind you of the commands of the Lord, and that you are to obey His commands instead of following your own desires and going your own ways, as you are prone to do. The tassles will help you remember that you must obey all My commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the Lord your God!" Numbers 15:39, 40

God wanted them to have a visual reminder that they are to obey Him and not to follow their own desires. He wanted them to follow Him and to strive to be holy unto Him. God knows people and He knows how evil they can be and how easily they can fall into their old ways of doing things.

Now the Israelites did make the tassles, but they later applied it in totally the wrong way. Instead of using it to remind them of God and following His ways, they used it to show others how righteous and pious they were. Jesus reprimanded the religious leaders for doing this:

"Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayers boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear extra long tassles on their robes. And how they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the most prominent seats in the synagogue! They enjoy the attention they get on the streets." Matthew 23:5 - 7

They flaunted their tassles and made a show of it. This was in direct contradiction of what God wanted. He wanted to give them something as a reminder that they should humbly follow Him and strive to be holy, not walk around being proud of having longer tassles than all the others! Jesus was clearly disgusted with them.

Being spiritually proud of what God has given you is an abomination in His eyes. Spiritual pride brought the fall of Satan and is one of the biggest tools Satan uses against mature Christians. God feels so strongly about it that He gave Paul a thorn in the flesh to keep him from getting proud. And today God wants us to stay humble and anchored in Him and not become proud of the spiritual things He has blessed us with.

I can imagine it must be difficult for preachers with a big following to stay humble and to realize that it is all about God and His Kingdom and not about them. I really think it is hard, especially if you are treated like a rock star as I see many of them are on television. But the same goes for us too. We should stay humble even if we receive one spiritual victory after another. We should give all the glory to God and praise Him for the gifts and spiritual reminders that He has given us.

Sit back and thank God today that you are part of His Kingdom already and that you may share His Word. It really is a privilege bestowed upon us and certainly not anything to be proud of. Jesus did all the hard work and we should praise Him for it.

Father, thank you very much that You care so much for us. Help us to stay humble and focused on You and Your majesty. We also pray for spiritual leaders Lord that You will keep them humble and safe in Your arms. Help us to focus on You and help us in our daily efforts to become holy just like Jesus was. Amen

1 comment for “76. Don't become spiritually proud”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:24:04 AM

    In days gone by people had to wait for weeks and sometimes months to get answers from the oracle. Today we have God's Word with ALL the answers to our difficult questions. We only have to READ the Word.

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