We cannot love God and have an arrogant attitude, nor can we treat our “family” with contempt and show God’s love.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart [arrogance]–the unplowed field of the wicked [uncultivated, fallow; no good works of loving his neighbor]–produce sin.
24 24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—behaves with insolent fury [overweening pride].
Jesus dealt with this attitude in Matthew 12:34-37. Let’s read it:
34 You brood of snakes! How could evil [arrogant] men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart [sinful attitude] determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things [works that build up the “family”] from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things [that tear down and cause dissension in the “family”] from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle [careless] word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you [for they show your heart].”
We gain salvation by “confessing with our mouths Jesus is LORD and believing in our heart God raised Him from the dead” (Romans 10:9). It stands to reason that our daily lives would hinge on what we confess and believe. Salvation is more than just a confession; it’s also believing in the LORD Jesus. What do we know about Jesus Christ?
- He is God.
- He paid for our sins on the cross.
- He owns us (we have given Him our lives in exchange for His life).
- The Father is even now bringing all things under the authority of the LORD Jesus, and that includes us! See Ephesians 1:9-10.
Being under the authority of Christ is where we grow the best. We are attached to the vine (John 15:5) and we are accessing the grace and riches found in Christ:
8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
The real question is, “Is this what you want?” Do we want Him to supply our every need according to His riches in glory or do we want to live our lives our way? Our words and our actions reveal the attitude of our hearts. Remember, “we cannot love God and have an arrogant attitude, nor can we treat our ‘family’ with contempt and show God’s love.”
Let’s be about showing the change that Christ has done in our lives. We WANT to please Him. We WANT to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ–our “family.” We WANT to know more of our Savior and what He’s done for us, which is why we read His Word. I highly recommend Ephesians. Chapter one has been phenomenal in SS as we studied 1:3-14 yesterday. You can catch it on Facebook, my page. Use EVERY advantage and EVERY resource made known to you. You’ll be glad you did.
Abba, I praise You for all that You’ve done for us. Your Plan, which You have carried out through Christ is beyond words. The fact that we are “bought back” according to our choosing You is a whole lot like consenting to a surgeon–he does all the work while I take a nap! You do all the work of transforming me into the image of the LORD Jesus and often I am not even aware of it. You are AMAZING. May You remind me often of what You have done and what You are doing in my life. Thank You, LORD. Amen.