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The Roadblock of Pride

By September 29, 2016August 14th, 2023No Comments

hand slammed on the steering wheel in frustration. I had left the house late again,
hoping to make up fifteen minutes of tardiness in only a few miles. I figured I
could make it to my destination by taking the shortcut over to Pelham Road. No
need to let the frustration rule. I got this. I zoomed down Highway 14 watching
the clock on my dashboard. I took a quick left down an unnamed road that I
estimated would put me close to where I needed to be for my appointment. As I
rounded the curve, there in the middle of the road was a huge earthmover with a
worker sitting atop it, one hand on his knee and the other on the brim of a
baseball cap. Just behind him, I could make out the state construction sign in
big, bold letters: ROAD CLOSED.
to the heavy rains over the past week, the little bridge that had connected the
two roads had washed away. Sure wish they had posted a sign about two miles
back with some warning for me. It would have saved me some time.  Time I didn’t have. That day, I had a
destination to get to, but the route I chose to get there was unavailable
because the road was blocked, or closed. 
are some roadblocks as well when it comes to seeing real community happen in
our lives. Maybe you have even asked the question, “why don’t we see this kind
of community you’ve described in today’s world?”
The truth of the matter is a lot of things keep us from
experiencing this kind of biblical community.

Roadblock #1-Selfishness
I don’t know if you remember being a kid. Maybe not, but if you have kids, it
may be easier to remember. You and I and our kids are alike. When we were growing
up and we had something that was ours, more than likely, there was a time when
we shouted, “Mine!” It’s what a child does, until they learn how to share. When
a child screams “Mine!” it’s one thing, but to see an adult act that way is
another. In many circles, the thing that keeps true community from happening is
an unwillingness to not say “Mine!”
Maybe you feel like it’s your turn to have your way. Maybe
you are justified in having your way on a certain issue. But the reality is,
all of us must learn to share. And sharing means the willingness for someone
else to have
their way.
People shared everything in the early church. If they saw
someone in need, they met the need. How
awesome would it be if that kind of community was the hallmark of our churches?
I guarantee you that you could not keep people out. They would be lined up to share
in that kind of community. The Bible tells us that the world will know we are
His disciples by our love for one another.
A recent friend who is not a believer told me, “ I don’t have any problem
believing that you love those outside the church, what I don’t know is if you
will love me once I come in.” What a sad thought. Real community is sharing.
Real community is putting the needs of someone else above our own. Have you
ever seen that kind of community?
our day, it looks like most people operate from a sense of entitlement and the
“Look out for Number One!” mantra. That’s quite the opposite of the community
that Peter and John experienced in Acts 2.  The Bible is pretty clear about selfishness and pride.

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before
destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride centers on self. It runs totally contradictory to allowing real community
to happen. And yet it runs rampant in our world. Pride is when we always have
to be right; pride is when our way is the only way. It’s a sufficient roadblock
to experiencing real community. Where do you see pride?

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