2 Corinthians 11:30 – If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
“I am proud of my kids. I am proud of my church. I am proud of my accomplishments.” Have you ever said any of these things? I reckon that all of us have felt that internal swelling of joy and pleasure that we call pride, but other times this feeling goes far beyond simple esteem. In these cases, we express such statements saying that our kids, church, accomplishments, etc. are better than those of everyone else. This feeling is pride, and it is wrong. The Lord hates pride that makes us feel superior to others and even God.
It was pride that swelled the breast of our first mother and father to think themselves above the Creator’s commands. It was pride that motivated Noah’s descendants to believe they could build a tower to heaven in Babel. It was pride that drove Joseph’s brothers to sell their brother into slavery. It was pride that led King Saul to envy David, and it was pride that pushed David’s grandson Rehoboam to reject the counsel of his father’s advisers leading to the division of Israel and Judah. On and on it went until pride burned in the hearts of Jesus’ enemies leading to his betrayal, false conviction, torture and crucifixion…
Pride is one of the great obstacles to true worship and devotion to God. It clouds our judgement and fouls up our perspective. It hinders service and the Gospel message. A poor substitute for glory, pride is a cancer that must be rooted out to allow us to achieve all we are meant to achieve. Only humble submission to God leads to joy and peace.
Like many modern cities, Corinth had much to boast. It was a wealthy, cultured community with people from all over. As a major trade stop, food, music, and a variety of experiences awaited curious travelers and citizens alike. The church of Corinth was impacted by their surrounding culture, and they suffered from pride, strife and divisions. Noting and rebuking these attributes of the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul directed them to evaluate the Christ they claimed to worship.
Though Jesus Christ was the walking image of God in the flesh, He was meek and humble, apt to serve and desirous of good works surpassing human nature through the Spirit of God. The Apostle then points to himself and the example he strove to leave as one that feels the pains and toils of his brethren in a real way. Capping it all off, the Apostle says, “If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.” Pride does not enter into it. Reject pride. Glory in the work of God through your weakness.