ARROGANT BELIEVERS



It is not uncommon to see people who claim to be believers but are so arrogant. We find them in the Church, in our organizations and in various works of life. Being aware of who we are in Christ does not and should not breed arrogance in us. It should rather humble us before our fellow men because we all know where God saved us from! We were useless but Jesus humbled himself to bring us to His own position! Shouldn’t that alone be enough to humble us?

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In Church we find some of these people, they find it difficult to mingle with other believers, they find it difficult to even dance to the praise of God because they believe they are of a different class in Church. Some of them happen to be pastors too! When you come near them, you don’t need to be told that they are very arrogant; they will look down on you and treat you as though you are nothing to them. They want you to call them “father”, they want to call you “son” but they are truly only interested in themselves.

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God hates arrogance so much because that is one of the characters of the devil! God has given us an assurance of the downfall of the arrogant and the blessings of the humble. No wonder Peter wrote

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God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” 1 Peter 5:5

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Being a pastor is a call to service and not a call to be served. Jesus laid down examples by washing the feet of His disciples and asking them to continue with that life style (John 13:1-17). To wash the feet in that time was one of the most humble things to do because the feet was the dirtiest part of the human body owning to the fact that people mostly travelled on foot even more than they travel with beasts of burden. After long journeys, the feet would be so dirty. Jesus had to bend down, wash the feet of his disciples and wipe them clean with His own personal towel!

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Today, what do we see? We see pastors demanding that their members wash their feet. It seem there is this competition of gathering more people to call them “father” rather than gathering people who will see God as their “father”. These days, people raise men to themselves and not to God! They raise people who understand God as “God of my father” and not “my God”, isn’t it very terrible? Are we not seeing the highest form of arrogance today? Yes, pastors are worthy of double honor but that doesn’t give God’s place to them. We shouldn’t display superiority or overbearing pride!  I have come to notice the following

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Arrogant believers are always in the business of criticism.

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Arrogant believers make mockery of the uniqueness of another ministry.

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Arrogant believers think they are the ones that have the best of it.

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Arrogant believers are more concerned with your vocabulary than God’s word.

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Arrogant believers think ministers who always preach online are noise makers.

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Arrogant believers are always conscious of who is watching them when they dance or participate in Church.

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Arrogant believers think their pastor is the way the truth and the life and not Jesus. Their Pastors thinks same way about themselves too.

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Arrogant believers think they are the only sane believers. “Lord’s Chosen members are mad!” and others think they are the only Chosen ones! I think at a point, the Jews had that problem too. So, they can’t​ visit other ministries or listen to another pastor.

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 Arrogant believers look down on people they think aren’t more qualified than them.

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 Arrogant believers think their Church is the way to heaven and not Jesus.

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Arrogant believers are so concerned with titles and elaborate dressings! If you’re not on suit or cassock, you’re not a serious believer… They think so!

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The list continues! 

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One way or another many of us have exhibited arrogance and many have been so rooted in it that they find it difficult to cope with other believers. Arrogant believers live in hatred of other people who don’t believe the minor things they believe. They are not mindful of those who are weak in the faith! Paul said

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“Each one of us has one body, and that body has many parts. These parts don’t all do the same thing. In the same way, we are many people, but in Christ we are all one body. We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others.  We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have. Whoever has the gift of serving should serve. Whoever has the gift of teaching should teach. Whoever has the gift of comforting others should do that. Whoever has the gift of giving to help others should give generously. Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it. Whoever has the gift of showing kindness to others should do it gladly.  Your love must be real. Hate what is evil. Do only what is good. Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself.” – Rom. 12:4‭-‬10 ERV

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The only way out of arrogance is to love ourselves regardless of our differences. This does not rule out the place of correction and rebuke in the Church but when any believer is focused on criticism and rebuke, he is not living in love! This is how the message version of the Bible puts it

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“If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.” – Romans 12:4‭-‬6 MSG

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I wouldn’t want to say more than have already been said. But, if we can open up our heart and see other believers like Jesus sees them, the wounds will heal! 

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God bless you!

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#GracefulGeorge

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