Imagine you had the opportunity to give one piece of advice to a new Christian. What would it be? Advice is available from sources leading people in every possible direction. So how can you know what to say? How can you know that your advice is solid and worth listening to?
A wise English man several hundred years ago was asked this question. His response, “Watch and pray continually against pride.” He went on to write, “Beware even the appearance of pride! Let there be in you that lowly mind which was in Christ Jesus. Be clothed with humility. Let modesty appear in all your words and actions. One way we do this is to own any fault we have. If you have at any time thought, spoken, or acted wrong, do not refrain from acknowledging it. Never dream that this will hurt the cause of God – in fact, it will further it. Be open and honest when you are rebuked and do not seek to evade it or disguise it. Rather, let it appear just as it is and you will thereby not hinder but adorn the gospel.”
John Wesley wrote these words. They challenge me to own my inadequacies, embrace my deficiencies, and confess my transgressions. God is fully aware of who I am. Even more humbling, He knows what I am capable of doing, thinking, and becoming. By God’s grace I am saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Wesley’s advice to “watch and pray continually against pride” provides deep and nourishing wisdom.
Within Christian Endeavor we direct people to God’s Word, the Bible, to know God and His ways more intimately. Find the book of Philippians in the Bible and turn to chapter two. You will receive even more advice in dealing with our battle against pride.