It is ever our danger that after being used of God in some way, we mouth humility but practice pride.
A very real peril faces each of us as Christians when we succeed at doing something for God, whether the task is large or small.
- We can forget that whatever it is that we have accomplished was done by the Grace of God.
- We can forget that it is not about us.
- We can begin the think that we are somehow more important than we actually are.
- This is very present danger for pastors and others in ministry. We can so easily find ourselves talking about being a mere servant dependent on God’s grace and mercy, while harboring a deep seated attitude of arrogance. Maybe even thinking that a particular group or body of believers is so fortunate to have us as their teacher, leader, or shepherd.
Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 1 Peter 5:6 (ESV)