I remember a time in my younger days where a wiser, older gentleman was gracious enough to tell me that I was proud. At the time I was a new Christian, and frankly, I didn’t take the news well, which served to prove his point. Over the years, I’ve come to see the truth of his words more and more, but there is one thing I wish he had told me when he exposed my pride. The Bible provides motivations to pursue humility.
As a new Christian, someone told me that I was proud. I tried to change. I grew a little and 20 years later, while thinking I had grown, someone else told me the same thing again. Of course, they were right both times, though it was hard to hear. But having tried to grow as Christian, why was I still arrogant? It turns out I had thought of humility as a destination, a place I could arrive at. In reality, I hadn’t arrived at all. Though I still haven’t arrived, I have learned to think of humility as a pursuit instead of a destination.
The word holy is frequently and rightly used to refer to God (Isa 6:3), but it the Bible also uses the word to refer to believers. In fact, believers are called saints, which is a translation of the Greek word for holy. Paul begins his letter to the Romans referring to those he was writing to as people who God “called as saints,” or more literally called as holy ones. We see this language all through the Bible, so what does it mean to be holy? (more…)
The word ritual is full of negativity. But routine and ritual are similar, and they play an important role in day to day life. You and I can leverage purpose and routine to boost your growth in Christ. (more…)
Recently a prominent Christian leader made a comment that he knew people in overt sin who had “as good a spiritual life as I do.”1 When a Christian can say someone in wanton sin has as good a spiritual life as we do, we should be alarmed. Statements like this suggest we’ve sacrificed spiritual growth at the altar of spirituality. It is easy to make this exchange, so we must be vigilant. How can you know if you’ve sacrificed spiritual growth for spirituality?