Recently I had a discussion with my sister while we sat in the kitchen eating dinner. Jesus didn’t go to the proud and the rich when he was on the earth, but he went to the humble, meek and poor. Many think that riches bring on a higher status with God but quite the opposite. Many times he rebuked those that didn’t give to the poor. He chose his disciples among the lowly and humble.
Once a young rich man came to Jesus asking him how to receive eternal life. Jesus went on to mention keeping the ten commandments. The young ruler who was full of pride said, “ All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” Jesus said unto him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
See it wasn’t not only the riches but the pride that the man had in his heart. First, he didn’t want to give up those things he had. Second, Jesus seen the pride in his heart because he said to him, “If thou will be perfect, go and sell that thou hast.” The man was bragging about all the great things he had done from his youth. See Jesus cared more for his heart condition than his keeping of the law.
Don’t be so high minded that you think you are above someone else because you may be a doctor, teacher, rich man or even a Bible scholar. Jesus cares for the heart of man. James 4:10 say, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Jesus wants those that will come to him with a humble heart and praise him above all. He doesn’t want those that need riches or a high status in life but those that realize they are NOTHING without God. God created us and God gave us the things in this life that we have. 1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
Sometimes God’s children begin to be lifted up in pride. They may say, “I drive a BMW, or a live in a mansion, or a own a business that is making millions.” Wake up! If those things are taking you away from God. If those things are making you lifted up in pride, then I say, “GET RID OF THEM.” You may say that sounds harsh. Well so be it. I’m not saying that rich man can’t enter Heaven. I am saying those that are lifted up in pride, God will reject. He hates pride. Proberbs 6:16 through 19 talks about things the Lord hates.
- Proud look
- lying tongue
- those that shed innocent blood
- an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations
- feet that be swift in running to mischief
- A false witness that speaketh lies
- he that soweth discord among brethren.
Pride is: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired; and be especially proud of a particular quality or skill.
Proverbs 16:18-Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Psalm 10:4- The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Proverbs 8:18-The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 29:23-A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
1 Timothy 3:6-Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
1 John 2:16-For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.