FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
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 of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—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.
1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)
DON’T BELIEVE IT’S ALL ABOUT ME
Former heavy-weight boxer James (Quick) Tillis is a cowboy from Oklahoma who fought out of Chicago in the early 1980s. He recounted his first day in the Windy City after his arrival from Tulsa. “I got off the bus with two cardboard suitcases under my arms in downtown Chicago and stopped in front of the Sears Tower. I put my suitcases down, looked up at the Tower and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to conquer Chicago.’ When I looked down, the suitcases were gone.” (Today in the Word)
We deceive ourselves if we think we can conquer the world on our own or that the world revolves around us. Steven Cole notes that, “While the lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes refer to the desire to have what you do not have, the boastful pride of life refers to sinful pride over what you do have. It is the desire to be better than others so that you can glory in yourself and your accomplishments. There is a proper sense, of course, of doing your best in school, athletics, or at work to be a good steward of God’s gifts and to bring glory to Him. But it’s easy to forget that He gave you everything that you have (1Cor. 4:7) and to start boasting in your achievements and possessions
Years ago, Frank Sinatra released the timeless hit singing, “I did it my way.” Do the people closest to you hear you singing your own praises or singing the praises of God? Ask God to help you see any worldly pride in your heart. Thank God for giving you everything that you have.