It’s the número UNO reason for why some won’t even admit an existence of God, let alone a worshipful heart towards Him.
Pride speaks louder than words. It’s wrinkled and gnarled hands grip invisibly around the necks of unsuspecting victims; those unwilling to stand in diligent guard against it. It’s an insidious enemy, painlessly choking out the chance for correction; the very breath that’s so desperately needed.
Pride. The first original sin. It’s what got us in this mess in the first place. The serpent appealed to their pride in Eden, questioning God’s judgement, and asking basically, whether they wanted to know as much as God, or wanted to become one themselves.
Ultimately, that pride, the inability to see themselves who they really were, lent itself to smile at mankind’s great demise. The trick of the ages- to get people to think of themselves more highly and of greater importance than they really are, but then watch as the glass house shatters.
It’s all about you. Why should you believe in someone or something bigger than you?
Why should you apologize for things you’ve done, and words that you’ve flung?
Why should you give up your Sundays to go to church and worship? You’d much rather do something you want to do.
Why should you bow down to another, even if that other is the Creator God?
Why should there be only one way to God?!
Why should you live your life for Someone you’ve never seen?
Why be a humble servant to a God who makes decisions, or allows circumstances beyond your comprehension?
Pride. It’s age-old plans allow you to follow in many well-worn footsteps to the land of IsThisAllThereIs? Unfortunately, it leaves you lonely, afraid, and insecure of anyone who will say there’s an answer, and that there’s peace.
If you don’t like that Jesus claimed to be the only way to Heaven, there’s why. But there’s also hope. On the off-chance that someone out there will try this; ask God to break through your pride. Ask Him to knock down anything in your life that is hindering God’s plans for you. Jesus loves you. Not a hypocritical, smirk behind your back kind of love. Don’t judge Jesus by the people who have misrepresented His love towards you. Jesus’ love is passionate. He formed you, sustained you, upheld you, guided you, helped you, and compassionately waits for you to come to Him. Alongside Jesus is real life. True love. Grace. Peace. Hope.