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The Problem of Pride

02.23.17 | by David Mitchell

Dear Calvary Family

Some years ago the Chicago Tribune carried the story of a German orchestra where the violinist sued for a pay raise. The complaint claimed that they played many more notes than their less busy colleagues such as those who play the oboe, flute or trombone. The director of the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn argued against that pay raise. He said, “Maybe it’s an interesting legal question, but musically, it’s very clear to everyone.”

In an orchestra, each part is equally important if the whole product of beautiful music is their goal. In the church, like the orchestra, there is no room for prima donnas or people who keep track of “notes.”

This Sunday, we will dive into that topic of pride in our ongoing series on Chronicles of the Kings. I find one of the problems of preaching on pride is that the people who need it the most do not recognize their own sin of pride. Ironically pride blinds us to the problem of pride. When we are proud, we are more likely to think that this message is just what that other person needs.

To help, here is a Litany of Humility, written in the late 1800’s. Let’s all consider these words even as we should consider the humility of Christ in Philippians 2.

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled...
From the desire of being honored...
From the desire of being praised...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted...
From the desire of being approved...
From the fear of being humiliated...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes...
From the fear of being calumniated...
From the fear of being forgotten...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged...
From the fear of being suspected...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I...
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Be sure to join us this Sunday as we examine King Uzziah and his problem with pride. Trust me when I say you do not want to end up like him.

Celebration worship begins at 9:00 and Elevation worship at 11:00.

David Mitchell
Senior Pastor

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