No one is exempt from this threat.
So what is it??
It’s as old as the world itself: Pride.
And with that success and growth came arrogance. “We’re here because we’re better than everybody else!”
The destructive force of pride is mind-boggling! That is why God went to such great lengths to warn us:
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:18-19 New King James Version)“Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors.” (Proverbs 29:23 The Message)“It’s common knowledge that ‘God goes against the willful proud; [but] God gives grace to the willing humble.’” (James 4:6 The Message)
The antidote to pride
The cure to pride is this: humility.
- A change in leadership
- A re-commitment to service
- An attitude of humility
Humility is a necessity in leadership. The best ways to find humility is through service. That’s why Jesus said:
“You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave.” (Matthew 20: 25-27 New Living Translation)
That’s why God takes such a LONG time in developing His leaders! He cares more about character than your career.
He knows how important character is in leadership–because its lack will ultimately cause the downfall of a nation, a company, a ministry, a group, and a person.
Have you seen arrogance lead to a downfall?
Have you seen humility lead to greatness?