We have all heard the saying “pride goeth before the fall”. This is not just an old saying or idiom, it is in fact rooted in truth (Proverbs 16:18). However, have you ever thought that you were not at all prideful? I hate to say it, but if you pride yourself on not being prideful, you struggle with pride. All of us do! Whether it be that we are prideful in our accomplishments at work, our beauty, our things we own, etc… it can get in the way of our relationship with God.
Think of it this way, say that you own a Tesla (which I am sure Elon Musk wants all of us to do) and you pride yourself on keeping that Tesla clean and up to date with all the latest bells and whistles. You start spending more time taking care of your Tesla, waxing it, fine tuning any imperfections and updating to the latest firmware. The more you take pride in being a Tesla owner, this can lead to making that car an idol and before you know it you have broken a commandment. The good news is we no longer live under the law, but we live under grace. However, we would do good to still keep Gods’ commandments and that means not partaking in idolatry.
We see a perfect example of pride in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. Kuzco seems to have it all. He lives in luxury, has servants at his every beck and call and loves the best of about life….himself. Kuzco learns through a series of unfortunate events that he isn’t the center of the universe and there are more important things than just instant gratification. We talk about this and more on this week’s episode of the podcast, listen here