God resists the proud (James 4:6), which is bad news for a church if it is full of pride. Spiritually dry and deadlocked churches are usually filled with pride. They’re spiritually stuck because God is literally resisting their efforts. What they’re doing might seem good on the surface, but their motivations are displeasing to God.
Spiritually dry and deadlocked churches are usually filled with pride. They’re spiritually stuck because God is literally resisting their efforts.Tweet
Scripture is very clear about proper motivations; God doesn’t just care what we do. He cares how and why we do it. For example, God doesn’t just want us to give, and He wants us to give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7). Jesus warned against displaying our righteousness just to be seen and admired by others; there’s no reward for that kind of conceited righteousness (Matthew 6:1). Paul even warned that preaching the Gospel must be done for the right reasons (1 Thessalonians 2:4). In a staggering display of immaturity, the disciples asked Jesus to decide who was the greatest in the kingdom; Jesus took it as an opportunity to teach them that without childlike humility, they would never see the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:1-35).
Scripture is very clear about proper motivations; God doesn’t just care what we do. He cares how and why we do it.Tweet
In a generation obsessed with talent competitions and spotlights, it’s no surprise that the thirst for attention has crept into the Church. It’s evidenced in pulpits and pews. It’s on full display if you know the signs. There are certain “tells” or “giveaways,” so to speak. There really is no way to overemphasize the importance of guarding our churches against being infected with prideful leaders. Even more importantly, we should carefully monitor our own motivations and quickly adjust when and where needed. Below are nine sure signs of a prideful heart. I use this list to check my own motives and those seeking positions or platforms in my local church. Many of these principles are universal and can be translated into any paradigm or organization.
They want to SING but they don’t want to SERVE.
They want to PREACH but they don’t want to PRAISE.
They want to LEAD but they don’t like LEADERSHIP.
They want to TAKE but they don’t want to GIVE.
They want RESPECT but they don’t show RESPECT.
They want the SPOTLIGHT but they resent SACRIFICE.
They like PUBLIC EMOTIONS but they dislike PRIVATE DEVOTIONS.
They are SELFISH rather than SELFLESS.
They produce FOLLOWERS rather than DISCIPLES of Jesus.
Now reread this list, but this time replace “they” with “I” and be brutally honest with yourself.
AVP Ep. 44 | 9 Signs of a Prideful Heart
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Nathan (Noteworthy Podcast, Nathan + Rachel) and Ryan French sit down to discuss the ryanafrench.com article 9 Signs of a Prideful Heart in depth. The discussion swerves into the topics of true humility in action, fake humility vs. genuine humility, servanthood, preacher problems, true anointing, parenting, self-awareness, talent vs. dependability, how to be used in your local church, and much more. The brothers also talk about current apostolic music, artists, and upcoming Nathan + Rachel releases. And in an all-new segment of GROSS, GOOD or GREAT, they suffer for the Kingdom by taste-testing Hershey’s newest candy bar, the WhoZeeWhatZit. Stick around to the end to hear the brother’s in-depth analysis and ratings of the WhoZeeWhatZit.