Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires (cravings, lusts, & longings) of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1John 2:15-17 ESV
Pride. What I have. What I accomplish. Who I am, (or present myself to be?) based upon my job, title, education, place I work... Specifically measured against what Others have. Who they are. What they have done. Are doing.
Pride is insidious. It worms its way into the most unfortunate places. Disguises itself with the best of disguises. Undermines the most unsuspecting of persons.
And is common to all humanity. To me.
I read in Numbers 12...now Moses was more humble than any other person on earth... I remember that he was the adopted son of the Pharaoh's daughter, meaning he most likely grew up with privilege. Education. Wealth. Position. And he left it to lead his people out of slavery to a land occupied by the Nephilim.
I remember that Moses is called the friend of God, a person whom confers with God face to face. That Moses has seen incredible signs, wonders, & miracles worked in & through him by the power of God.
And still he is humble.
I ponder... I think that there's a special susceptibility to pride that christians have - without even giving 2 thoughts to it... it hides out in our using of our relationship & standing before God to measure ourselves, ranking ourselves against others. Glorying in our humility, our faithfulness. Measuring ourselves by the Great Things that we will do for God. By aspiring to do Great Things, even Greater Things than others do, all the while forgetting what God really wants from us is that we would 'do justly, love mercy, walk humbly...' Not that we admit to doing it, but it happens just the same...
CS Lewis writes:
Pride always means enmity - it is enmity. And not only enmity between man and man, but enmity to God. In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that - and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison - you do not know God at all.
As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you...Mere Christianity p.124
The more I think about the 1John passage, the more I see a root of discontent lurking, waiting to be planted in me. A discontent with what I am. What I have. What I'm doing. What God has provided. And this discontent rashly & repeatedly looks for its fulfillment in the world we live in... And then God becomes a tool that I use to further my reach - to indulge the cravings of my eyes, my flesh, & my pride.