He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Luke 10:27 NIV)
I was born into a typical Christian home and I went to church, read the Bible, but did not give God my all. Why? Well let us find out. Let’s back up. A couple months before now, I had joined a worship team serving in my church in Wyckoff, New Jersey. I also co-led small groups for our youth group Bible studies. I thought I was so spiritual and that I knew so much about the Bible that I did not need it that much anymore. So I neglected it, leaving it on a shelf for the dust to gather on.
During a sermon, our pastor called on me and asked where the verse above came from, and I didn’t even know! I thought I was so well versed in the Bible. I did not even stop to ask, “What does God think of my prideful behavior?” If I actually tried to love the Lord our God, with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, I would actually see that my pride was wedging me further and further away from God.
I was still not ready to give up my filthy pride. After the sermon I went up to my pastor and said, “I’m sorry, I just forgot, I know the Bible verses better than anyone in our church, and I can’t believe I forgot this verse.” In reality, I was lying; I barely knew any verses in the Bible.
My pride blinded me, I was not able to neither see God’s love nor love God because of my pride.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for exposing my pride to everyone and humbling me. Help me to give you back the love I did not give when I was blinded by pride and please forgive me. In Jesus Name, Amen
By Justin Yen ( USA )