John Stott said, “in every step of our Christian growth and maturity, and throughout every aspect of our Christian obedience and service, our greatest foe is pride and our greatest ally is humility.”
In light of that truth here are some practical steps C.J. Mahaney submits that Christians should do at the beginning of each day and at the end of each day.
At the beginning of each day:
- Reflect on the wonder of the cross
- Begin your day acknowledging your need for God
- Begin your day expressing gratitude to God
- Practice spiritual disciplines
- Cast your cares upon Him
- Staying charged up – live out a spirit of prayer
As each day ends:
- Avoid cosmic plagiarism – by grace, intentionally transfer the glory to God (don’t steal it)
- Accept the gift of sleep (he sustains you through the night – a picture of what it’s like to belong to Christ)
Understanding that God is actively opposed to the proud in heart has opened my eyes to the real possibility that God might be opposed to me more frequently than He’s for me (i.e. giving me grace). Why? Because I’m a proud man. And whatever good thing is brought into my life or whatever God allows me to enjoy or allows me to do, it’s in spite of who I am. Hopefully, through the Spirit of God I become more intentional in my pursuit of humility and in doing so, crush my pride.