Spirit of Pride & Spirit of Patience

John Hoag, NBBI Chancellor
John Hoag, NBBI Chancellor

Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, contrasts two attitudes that can prevail in one’s journey in life and concludes, “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

God’s sovereign purposes can be missed when we become proud in spirit and substitute ourselves for God and our ideas for God’s Word. “For in a multitude of dreams and many words, there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.” The word “vanity” comes from a Hebrew word that means “empty and transitory.” The patient in spirit follow God’s inspired, eternal Word which produces faith in the serious student, leading to a life of godliness. They understand that this is a lifelong journey with God. Jim Elliot once wrote, “One does not surrender his life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.” God’s truth is eternal and whatsoever God does it is forever. We are justified the moment we believe in Christ but Christlike surrender is the business of a lifetime. So, as believers, whether we look in the mirror at ourselves or across the room at someone else, it behooves us to be patient in spirit for God is not finished with us yet. May we run the marathon race of life with patient attendance to God’s Word, prayer, witnessing and serving our fellow man according to the gifts and calling of God.

God’s sovereign purposes can be missed by us when we invest in the wrong things “There is a sore evil that I have seen under the sun, riches kept by the owners thereof to their hurt…As he came forth out of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came and shall take nothing of his labour which he may carry away in his hand.” Dear believer, treasures stored in heaven cannot be lost; treasures stored in heaven have no cares attached to them; treasures stored in heaven offer joy, peace, comfort and no earthly investment can do that. Christians need to heed Solomon’s words and not “store up treasures on earth” to be lost at death but, rather “lay up treasures in Heaven where moth and rust does not corrupt” and “thieves do not break through and steal.”

Make an investment of your time today in somebody who needs you and an investment of your treasure in someone or something that will bring eternal dividends.

Post by: John Hoag, NBBI Chancellor

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