becomes astonishingly, almost frighteningly, clear
that pride attaches itself even to the most brilliant of
motives; like rust attaches itself to even the most
brilliant of metals.
One of the horrifying effects of sin on the human
heart and spirit is our near incredible disposition to
pride. We have an almost bottomless pit capacity to
be selfish, and this seeps into every crevice of our lives.
The preacher gradually moves from the love of the message he preaches to the love
and satisfaction of the way in which he preaches it. The lady dedicated to caring
for orphans slowly moves from the joy of seeing these little ones being cared for
and nurtured to the quiet satisfaction in knowing that she is doing what others have
not done and enjoying the many pats on the back and accolades that comes with her
"unique" service to mankind.
Examples could be multiplied, indeed it cuts across all humanity, and which one of
us hasn't been held in its chains?
The guiding principle, I guess, is that we should always question and scrutinize
our own motives and know why we do the "good" that we do. In all that we do we should
not be lax and forget our motivations. Motivations are as important to God as the
actions – He looks in the heart.
Thus for the child of God, our prime motive should be to glorify God; that the Lamb
who was slain will see the results of his suffering and be glad. All other motivations
must fade and pale in contrast with this.
Let us remember that the bias of nature is not to remain fallow, so we should shun
and guard against pride, because truly like rust, it can attach itself even to the
most brilliant of motives.