Battling Your Greatest Enemy

by Pete Wilson

I think hands down that pride is the most insidious and destructive thing that keeps us from becoming the leaders God wants us to be and furthermore it’s becomes a thick barrier to our relationships with God.

It was C.S. Lewis who said,

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.

There are  three questions I try to regularly ask myself in my desire to push back against this pride. These questions often keep me up late at night, causing me to break out in a cold sweat, and exposing traces of pride I didn’t even know existed.  I dare you. No, I double dog dare you to slow down for a minute and honestly ask yourself these three questions.

1) Am I willing to allow another person to do what I think I must do?

2) Am I willing to do what I am doing, even if no one else knows I am doing it?

3) Am I willing to let God use me for a season, and then be okay with Him later putting my work into the hands of another?

Which question leaves you the most exposed?

Pete Wilson is Pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, author of Plan B, husband and father of three boys. This post was originally published on October 20, 2011, and is used with permission.

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Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?