Perhaps the single greatest temptation before Christians is pride—the desire to believe that we are always right. But the gospel isn’t our idea. We, the believers, aren’t the ones who fashioned the plan of our own salvation. We are sinners saved by grace. We depend on the righteousness of the One who saved us and sustains us. We don’t have it right; He does.
Pride in our own knowledge and accomplishment results in division, dissension, selfishness, sin, and a return to the patterns and influences of worldliness. When we trust in ourselves, we undermine the very nature of our faith.
Paul addressed a church in Corinth that had succumbed to that temptation. Divisions were rife within the body of believers. Immorality ran rampant. Pride had become the order of the day, and the church came to Paul for answers.
This month in Today in the Word, we’ll study Paul’s response in detail. We’ll see how our only pride should be in Christ. We’ll take a look at the practical implications of proper humility and faith in Christ alone. In Him, we are one. In ourselves, the integrity of our faith unravels.
As the thousands of Today in the Word readers unite in our study of the truth of Christ and Him crucified, we want to thank you for being a part of that study and making it possible. May we grow together as the body of Christ, and may God bless you for supporting the effort!
EDITORS’ NOTE: We’d like to say thank you to Jerry Jenkins who contributed to Today in the Word with Reflections for Today for more than two years. Jerry recently decided that it is time for him to step away from his monthly column in order to dedicate time to other projects. We thank him for his articles, his humor, and his interesting insights in Today in the Word. We thank God for his continued leadership as Chairman of Moody’s Board of Trustees and his additional involvement with the Institute.