Following up on our thoughts about the cost of pride from yesterday, it is only natural to wonder if there is any reward to righteousness. And, of course, there is:
- If the price of pride is discord and unrest, the reward of righteousness is unity, harmony, and peace.
- If the price of pride is defeat, the reward of righteousness is victory.
- If the price of pride is a diminished witness, the reward of righteousness is a fruitful witness.
- If the price of price of pride is sorrow and mourning, the reward of righteousness is rejoicing and laughter.
- If the price of pride is death, the reward of righteousness is resurrection… and life everlasting.
So where does this righteousness come from? Well, not from within us, not naturally anyway.
The reward of righteousness comes through the power of humility, love, and grace of Jesus.
Philippians 2:5-11 offers the insight we need here:
5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
All of this is a way of saying what Paul told the Christians in Rome (Romans 6:23): For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We might say it this way: The wages of pride is death… but the gift of God’s humility in Christ, offered on our behalf, is eternal life.
Indeed, in him is righteousness and life. And victory. And peace. And purpose. And joy everlasting. Amen.