This is what God gave me today in His word:
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” (Luke 9:46-48)
This is a little lesson in humility for the disciples. Looking in on the argument, we can see clearly the pride involved, and we can also see that it is humility that Jesus was teaching them when He said, “For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” But the disciples didn’t see it quite this way, at least not at first. If they had seen their argument has prideful, they may well have not even started it, or stopped it quickly. The situation is often the same with us. We may not even realize that something we are doing is prideful, when everyone else can.
Now, some people say that the solution to pride is to be able to recognize it in yourself. If the disciples had recognized that what they were saying is prideful, they may have not even said in the first place. However, this isn’t what Jesus tells us to do. He tells us to not be prideful in the first place, but rather to be humble, as a little child is humble [Matthew 18:2-4]. Jesus, as in all things (including faith), is our example in this as well:
All throughout His life, Jesus was never once prideful, but instead was always humble. Now, being completely humble all the time is impossible for us, as we still have flesh, but God does enable us to have humility a large part of the time. If we focus on what Jesus has done for us–on how He has died in order to save us, and look to that as our example of ultimate humility and submission, living our little daily lives humbly and in submission to the Lord suddenly seems much easier. Also, we can rest assure that God will always provide a way out for us in every temptation that we face, including temptation to become prideful.
You are Loved!