“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
It must be right. It meets all of the usual moral obligations. It:
- · Doesn’t Go Against the Bible
- · Could be Considered Ministry
- · Makes People Feel Good
- · Is Related to God
- · Is Supported by Many
We check our version of this list when we begin to feel convicted about doing something. When decisions arrive or plans must be made, we act on our convictions concerning these things.
But we often forget at the same time to ask what we are convicted by.
You and I can be convicted as much by pride as we can be by righteous obedience to our Lord.
The sense of self-preservation and self-regard is strong in our sinful nature. In fact, it’s so integral to our lives that we often act for self-gain without even realizing it. In our everyday conversations, basic choices, and even our simplest preferences we show concern for ourselves before anything else.
Even in our relationships, our decisions and feelings are often based on what we want, what we think best, and what we find most suitable for ourselves. From the way we plan our schedules to our responses to those we love, it’s more often than not that our intentions are ultimately about our own gain.
From this place of “me first” we’re easily convicted by pride instead of by the Lord. Utterly convinced that our way is the right way or that we couldn’t have been wrong, we can easily be propelled far from God’s plan without ever realizing it.
It’s a harsh reality, but no less the truth.