The antidote to pride is seeing ourselves as God sees us. Not more, not less. Realizing that a perfect and sinless God stepped down from Heaven to bridge the gap between a broken, sinful race and its creator leaves you in awe, but it also leaves you with a thankful heart.
Last night, I was reading to my sons from a children’s Bible about how God created the world. At the end of each story in this book, there is a section entitled “God’s Message.” After recounting the creation story, my eyes fell on the following words:
“You are my greatest creation.
Looking at you is better than looking at an ocean view.
Watching you run and play is better than watching animals dart across the African plain.
Seeing a smile on your face is better than seeing a sunrise.
You are my pride and joy.”
It may seem strange to be saying all that when talking about pride, but I really feel that seeing ourselves (and others) as God views us is the perfect answer to pride. In the Bible, we see an amazing story of love unfold. A perfect world becomes tainted by the human touch, yet God doesn’t leave it at that. He pursues a relationship with mankind, and even offers up the execution of His son as the only remedy. There are two sides to this coin. On the one side, we see the most remarkable picture of grace, forgiveness, and love. But on the other side, we see the ugliness of the human stain. Seeing both sides of our story should leave us right where God wants us…grateful for the love and death of Christ, but completely aware of our own brokenness and helplessness apart from our perfect savior. You are not likely to feel puffed up when you realize you are absolutely nothing apart from the Lord. Likewise, it is extremely humbling to see a perfect, spotless God reach down to touch YOU, desire a relationship with YOU.
That truth stirs my heart to serve Him more fully. Being aware of our sin, but recognizing that Jesus loves us in spite of that sin. Yet He also loves us enough to call us out of our sin. It has nothing to do with us, or anything we can or can’t do. How can we become prideful when we see everything rests on Jesus? He does the heavy lifting in our story, and we are left humbly grateful.
With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?