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We tend to see people in categories: the successful and the unsuccessful, the intelligent and the dull, the beautiful and the ugly, the fit and the fat, the rich and the poor. Our natural impulse is to assess everyone around us, ranking ourselves against them. We scoff at those “beneath” us and resent those “above” us.
When we think some characteristic or personal accomplishment sets us apart or justifies us before others, we are committing what Charles Spurgeon called the “pride of face and place”—so-called because this type of pride rests on the variables of how we look (face) and where we were born (place).
Pride - Face - Pride - Form - Gospel
The pride of face (like pride in any form) shows that we do not fully understand the gospel.
Just think about it for a moment: How much of your physical talents can you actually take credit for? Your parents gave you your genes. God gave you your health and your opportunities. And yet, you may still say that your talents are the result of hard work:
Gym - Reg - Beach - Summer
You hit the gym on the reg so you can look good on the beach this summer.
You work overtime to make sure you’re living the kind of life you want.
Leadership - Blogs - Everyone
You read all the best leadership blogs so you can be smarter than everyone else.
All that you have is a gift. And taking pride in a gift is absurd.
Talents - Matter - Metrics - Anything - God
Plus, do any of our talents matter, eternally speaking? We may think it’s nice to be pretty instead of ugly, rich instead of poor. But those metrics don’t do anything to justify us before God!
Before God, we are all sinners. And there is only one kind of sinner. There are not successful, high-capacity sinners with a lot of potential and unpromising, down-and-out sinners. Nope. Just hopeless, dead sinners.
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