For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Three considerations should destroy pride forever within our breasts: the majesty of God, the enormity of our sins and the wonder of Christ’s redeeming death. But so tenacious is the root of Adam that we are often proud even of our want of pride. It is not uncommon to see holy men defending their holiness with positive violence and resenting any doubt cast upon their perfections.
For a Christian to claim credit for any good work is a violation of the most elementary teachings of the New Testament. Two things are taught clearly there: that I can of myself do no good thing; and if any good deed is done, it is the Lord Himself who has done it. That should settle our pride of service for good, but in fact it is not so. We still love to bask in the praise that our Christian efforts bring us.
For a Christian to revel in the praise he is accorded for some good work is as logically askew as for a singer to rush out and take a bow for another singer’s solo. It is a cheap form of robbery and must be exceedingly hateful to God. TET077-078
Father, forgive me for the pride that is so ugly, yet so close to the surface. Remind me today that I can do all things through Christ—but nothing of myself. Amen.