Avoid pride in success, be ?well-grounded? in Christ

By Rev. Jim Hughes


II Chron. 26:16: But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the LORD his God by entering the sanctuary of the LORD?s temple and personally burning incense on it.

Uzziah became king over Judah when he was 16-years-old, and he was a good king. He led the people of Judah into a spiritual reformation. He got rid of the many ungodly things that had become a part of the people?s lives. What he did pleased the Lord. He became a popular and successful king.

Being in the limelight or being successful in the eyes of man is not all that it?s cracked up to be. We, being who we are, have a hard time handling the glory. We are prone to think we are the ones who are responsible for our successes and deserve the attention and acclamation. We tend to take credit for that which we don?t deserve. We forget that God is the source of all our blessings, great and small.

Success breeds pride unless the heart is well-grounded in Christ. Pride is the fertile soil in which sin and presumptuous behavior flourishes. We begin to think we are special and don?t have to follow the rules God has given us. No one is above God?s laws. Everyone is responsible to God for his behavior and the attitude of his heart. Everyone will give an account to God for how he has handled himself in whatever role he played in life.

Do we honor the Lord in what we do and how we do it? Do we honor Him with how we think about ourselves? Protect your mind and soul. Never underestimate your need to honor the Lord in all you do and don?t overestimate who you are in the scheme of life. Honor the Lord by always living humbly before Him.