The more we think about it, the more it 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.