The Most Subtle Form of Pride | Desiring God

“Humility says, “I am small . . . but my God is big, so I will go, speak, and do.” Cowardice, pride, and self-preoccupation say, “I am puny, others are more qualified, I don’t want to screw things up for myself and others by accepting.”

What this often means, of course, is,

God doesn’t really know what he is doing to send me. I won’t waste my time.
He won’t stand with me upon the waves, so I will stay in the boat.
Jesus’s grace isn’t really sufficient after all. His power isn’t actually made perfect in my weakness.”

Source: The Most Subtle Form of Pride | Desiring God

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