You know what I just caught myself doing this morning? Putting down someone else’s ministry. Now how is that helping anything? It’s not. It’s only making me feel better for a while, especially when this guy is bigger than me in my eyes. So if I can bring him down, I can stand taller without doing anything. I haven’t grown at all. In fact, I’ve shrunk.
And then after I had successfully put him down, I decided to listen to part of his sermon — maybe I could put that down too — and guess what it was about? Pride and selfishness. Uh-oh.
Suddenly I was listening to his message. I was welcoming the truth. I was being thankful that the Holy Spirit was shining light on my life, showing me what a jerk I was being. I could feel my heart open up, and instead of picking out what was wrong about the message, which was my motivation at the beginning, I was applying the truth to my life. I was taking it in without judgment, finding out what the Lord wanted to say to me this morning through the truth that was being delivered. What a better way to go than the way I started out.
This is the reality of walking with the Lord. We’ve got the Holy Spirit; we’ve got the truth; but we’ve also got our sinful self, and though it’s been crucified with Christ, it still can act like it’s very much alive, so we need to be on our guard at all times. The good thing is that the Spirit of God is always ready to pick us up and move us in the right direction.