Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 9, 2011
“I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry.” Romans 11:13
There is a good pride. It is a feeling of accomplishment when a job is well done. It knows God has placed you in a work environment or family that you are proud of, because they honor you, the Lord, and others with their life. Bad pride brags and takes credit for good work, but good pride is grateful to God for the opportunity to represent Him well at work.
Take pride in your work, because it is a reflection of your relationship with Jesus. If your work is sloppy or incomplete then you lose the moral high ground to speak to people about God. But if you arrive early and stay late until the project is complete—then people want to learn why you are motivated to take such pride in doing your job with excellence.
“I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds” (2 Corinthians 7:4).
Take great pride in your relationships. Are you proud of your friends? Are your close confidants people you recommend so that others will listen to their advice? Perhaps you are concerned about someone you are dating—because you are not really proud of their disregard for authority and their disrespectful attitude. As a child of King Jesus do not settle for someone that only takes from you in a friendship. Be proud of your friends.
Good pride understands that humble circumstances are not something to be embarrassed about. Maybe you grew up with very little material possessions, but you were rich in the relational love of your family. Be grateful the Lord used your modest upbringing to bring you to Himself. Be not ashamed of who you are or where you came from, but be proud of God’s providential path that has brought you to this point in life.
“Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position” (James 1:9).
Lastly, take pride in yourself that the Lord has you in the middle of His will. Bad pride compares itself to others in discontent, while good pride is content to be the person Christ has called them to be. It’s when you relax in being who you are that you are able to take pride in how God has gifted you and created you for His glory. The Lord expects you to take pride in yourself and to take pride as a servant of Jesus. Good pride gives God the glory.
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4).
How can I take pride in my work, my relationships and myself and give God the glory?
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