1 Corinthians 9:19-20

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law.

Pride can kill your testimony. It’s that simple. Imagine that you have all this head knowledge about the Bible and theology. You’ve studied C.S. Lewis, you’ve read your Bible, you go to church every week and even sometimes listen to a sermon podcast during the week; you know your stuff. One day you get into a discussion with your friend, an atheist, about the Bible and you start spouting off your knowledge and don’t hear a word that your friend says. You’re right and he or she is wrong, and that’s the end of it.

Yes, you may be right, and good for you for studying, but it’s not being right that changes lives; it’s the gospel that changes lives. You can have all the head knowledge in the world but if you have no heart behind it no one will listen to you. Pride can mask how much you actually care about people. You want them to see that you truly love them and not just being right. Paul put all of himself aside. In the verse above he says that he is a slave to all in order that people may know Christ.

Begin to look at your heart. Do you study the Word so that you can grow spiritually and mentally, or do you study it so you can be right when a lively discussion happens? If it is the latter then it’s time you ask God for forgiveness and ask him to change your heart. And He will. If you truly want to do the work of God, it isn’t an ounce about you; it’s all about Jesus. Give your pride to Him and He will do amazing work through you.

QUESTION 1. Answer this truthfully: are you a prideful person? Do you study God’s word and theology in order to be right?
QUESTION 2. Do you have head knowledge and no heart? If so, ask God to break your heart for others. But be careful, He actually will; and it won’t be easy.
CHALLENGE: Read your Bible in order to develop the mindset and heart of Christ, not just to be right. Put your pride aside and watch as God transforms lives.
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