Plenty of Steam

In a prayer meeting a man declared, “Brethren, I am on the old ship of Zion, sailing heavenward, at the rate of 16 knots per hour. Soon I shall sail up the harbor of the blessed.”

Then another man with even more pomposity said, “I too am sailing heavenward. Like my beloved brother, I soon shall sail up the harbor of the blessed.”

“Well brethren, I have been going to heaven for 70 years, and I have been going afoot,” a humble Christian woman replied. “I suppose from the look of things that I shall have to go afoot the rest of the way. If some of you who are going by steam don’t watch out, you’ll burst your boilers.”

The wise man of the Old Testament wrote, “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” – Prov. 16:18. It was Paul, a wise man in the New Testament who wrote similarly: “For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith” – Rom. 12:3.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, “There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride.  And yet there is no vice that is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture.”

Those who exalt themselves are in for a rude awakening when judged by the Lord. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. To be “abased” is to be brought down. The word is always happens to anyone with a spirit that is the opposite of humility. Humility has been called “a natural fruit of true religion.”  God help us to be clothed upon with humility.

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