Many people struggle with a low opinion of self while so many others are too blinded to see the doom that comes their way because of a high opinion of self. We all at some point want to take glory for something we or have. We want to fill good about it. This in most cases results in what is popularly known as self-esteem, a word used to cover up the “harsh” word “Pride” in the Christian circles today. The Web definition of self-esteem is
a feeling of pride in yourself.
For a christian, the desire to have a high opinion of self or rather pride in oneself should be one that never crosses mind. This should be something we all hate and have nothing to deal with. I’ll tell you why;
Our Lord hates Pride!! Pride (high opinion of self) is what caused Lucifer to set himself in opposition to God in heaven, and to rebel against God’s authority. Pride is what caused the fallen state of mankind, when Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord in the Garden of Eden. In fact, pride is one of the seven sins referred to as “deadly sins’
Scratch behind every sin and you will find pride. People steal from others because they believe they deserve to have what the other party has. Do you see the pride there. Adultery happens because on the parties think they deserve better. Count them all, lying, killing, cheating etc and you will find that the root of the sin is Pride.
Today the gospel of being preached is that man is fairly Good and God is so gracious. Pride has caused the true gospel to be watered down because man wants to feel good about the SUPPOSEDLY good things he does forgetting that nothing good dwells in him and what he also call good has bad in it(motives). Jonathan Edwards, the great theologian said;
All of our Good is of God, through God, in God.
God is the source, cause, and author of our good, the means and mediator of our good, the end, object and cause essence our good.
What I make from that is all the glory goes to God and not to me for any virtuous acts I perform. As long as I think that I am fairly good, I will not fully grasp the essence of God sending His Beloved and begotten son to die and on my behalf. Obscurity will cover me. Let every man come before God, stripped, knowing that He is indeed inadequate and that nothing good dwells in Him and then He will get to appreciate firmly hold onto what God has to offer. This is not possible for a man with a high opinion of self but rather one who is low in spirit. The Pharisees, because they thought themselves good, had the audacity to pray to God with their heads, bragging about all the good they had done. Today that may not be the case, but a lot of false humility is one of the major attributes the century christian carries- in that they always go around saying they are humble, but you hear pride even in that statement.
Be sure of this, So many people with a low opinion of self- low self esteem will make it to heaven but not even one proud rustic will enter Heaven. The gates of heaven are low, you must enter them crawling!!
For one to full grasp the meaning of the cross, they must carry a low opinion of self. The beauty of that is, I get to know that I am all I am because of Christ and His great price. This truth alone is enough to help me sail in this depraved world knowing that eternity in heaven awaits me. It helps me depend on God!
I’ll end with the words of Charles Spurgeon;
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.’ – Ps 84:11
“Grace is what we need just now, and it is to be had freely. What can be freer than a gift? Today we shall receive sustaining, strengthening, sanctifying, satisfying grace. He has given daily grace until now, and as for the future, that grace is still sufficient.
If we have but little grace the fault most lie in ourselves; for the Lord is not straitened, neither is He slow to bestow it in abundance. We may ask for as much as we will and never fear a refusal. He giveth liberally and upbraideth not.
The Lord may not give gold, but He will give grace: He may not give gain, but He will give grace. He will certainly send us trial, but He will give grace in proportion thereto. We may be called to labor and to suffer, but with the call there will come all the grace required.
What an ‘end’ is that in the text — ‘and glory!’ We do not need glory yet, and we are not yet fit for it; but we shall have it in due order. After we have eaten the bread of grace, we shall drink the wine of glory.
We must go through the holy, which is grace, to the holiest of all, which is glory. These words and glory are enough to make a man dance for joy. A little while — a little while, and then glory forever!”