Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18
It was 1995 and the year God took me down a ministry “notch or two.” From the moment I had been called into God’s vocational service, I had wanted to be effective and completely sold out to all God had for me. Having had a “career” in business, I never really considered the ministry a job, it was definitely a calling.
In the early 90’s I had been blessed to be part of a church that grew exponentially (in a context where growth was not expected). Yet, in ’95 that same church declined exponentially due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, and in that year, I learned that it was God’s church and ministry, not mine. A difficult lesson, but a necessary one that God has been pleased to teach again and again over my decades of service.
Paul the Apostle was once allowed a vision of heaven that no mortal had ever previously received and to prevent him from becoming arrogant, God gave him a “thorn in the flesh.” Of course, we know how this former Pharisee was used by Christ Jesus to build His church, but we also understand that Paul did his best to refuse credit for it. He dared not.
God’s glory is His alone and He will never let another take what is rightfully His.
Pride, perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak. – Thomas Fuller