This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
– Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
According to this Scripture, one of the greatest hindrances in our walk with God can be success. The subtleties of achievement creep into the most innocent hearts and can take us on a path that is far from God. How can we keep this from happening? To look for pride is nearly impossible, but it is easy to humble yourself and place all of your sense of worth upon the One who loved you enough to die for you on the cross. When this becomes our source of significance, neither wealth, achievement or intelligence can compete with knowing the Lord.