My tendency to measure everything, my desire to look at results as the way to assess my Spiritual Transformation can be pride-idolatry in disguise. But His unavoidable love for me is not only the antidote for that condition, but also the motivation and shield I need when serving others.
I like numbers. I like it when I am able to say, without a doubt, what the status is of any of the challenges I’m facing.
Am I running at the pace I am supposed to, training for my next race?
Am I at the weight I’ve been aiming for?
What about my reading and study assignments? Are they on track?
What about my Spiritual Transformation? And what about the Spiritual Transformation of those I am serving? All that in the right place?
How do I know?
But serving in an environment that is culturally diverse, using the metrics I prefer can be counterproductive. Simply put, they may not translate well. They may also be fuel for my pride-idolatry. If everything is going according to my plan, according to my way to measure and evaluate, I may be at risk of missing what He is doing, I may miss His faithful work.
And I may also be sinning against the Triune God of the Universe.
This does not mean we should not try to see if His Gospel is advancing. But the motivation to see that advancement taking place should be His glory, the confirmation of His work in us, and the benefit of those around us. It should not be the exaltation of our ego.
If I believe the Truth about His unavoidable love for me – this love due to His Beauty – humility and adoration should be flowing out of my heart in such a flooding amount, that my pride-idolatry would drown, having no room to breath.
Beloved, when making disciples in a culturally diverse setting, do not feed your pride-idolatry using your cultural preferences as the standard to measure His work, but starve them with the humility and adoration that only His unavoidable love can produce in you.
- Consider His unavoidable love for you. You have no way to impress Him so that He may love you more. You have no way to disappoint Him that He may kick you to the curb. What is the evidence of this Truth taking root in your own heart? The bigger its roots, the less room there will be for your pride-idolatry.
- Invest a considerable amount of time in prayer.
- Find out what an unequivocal expression of the Gospel would be like, not according to your cultural preferences, but according to the context you are serving in. Pursue evidence of that expression.
- Question your motives; find help to keep yourself in check.
- Go in a search & destroy mission, with the help of God the Holy Spirit, aiming at all the strongholds of pride-idolatry in your own heart. NOTE: it will be painful, but you will get to see Jehovah at work in you; there is nothing better than that.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.