THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The old preacher received news from the doctor that he only had a few days left to live.
Seeing that he was very sad, his wife of 60 years said,
"Honey, if there's anything I can do to make you happy, just tell me."
He said, "Well, you know that box you keep in the cabinet that you call your 'little secret'"?
She answered, "Yes."
He said, "Show me what's in the box."
She brought the box in and opened it for him.
In the box were 3 eggs and a pile of cash which amounted to about $5,000.00!
He asked, "What are the eggs?"
She said, "Well, when you preached a bad sermon I put an egg in the box."
Looking at only 3 eggs, he felt really proud!
So, he asked, "And what is the cash?"
She said, "Well, every time I got a dozen eggs, I'd sell them for a dollar!"
Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
Too many Christians, like the ole preacher above, become vain and proud.
The "vine" of our lives was planted by God.
He cultivated it; gave it water, and pruned it to produce fruit for Himself.
He gave each of us our minds, and abilities and helped us to cultivate our skills.
When we were in sin, God convicted us.
Then He called us, in mercy and grace, to the cross of Christ.
There, by His provision, we received forgiveness and our "vine" was refurbished.
By grace we were saved!
And by grace we are kept!
Where then comes pride?
Is it not of the "world" -- of the selfish comparison with others?
God says, "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1John 2:16)
It is by this pride that there are divisions in the church caused by contention.
"Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." (Prov. 13:10)
When we are born again, our "vine" takes on the characteristics of the True Vine - Jesus.
If we truly have awesome reverence for our Lord, we should despise pride.
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." (Prov. 8:13)
By grace we are alive!
By grace we are saved!
And, by grace we are kept!
Let us not walk in the worldliness of pride!
But let the wisdom of our Lord keep us humble!
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov 16:18)