Posted by: everynation | December 10, 2007

My Greatest Fear

by Steve Murrell

wsmleaderscircle.jpgKnow what scares me most these days?


Here’s why.

I am part of a growing church and ministry that seems to have God’s blessing. Open doors abound. Opportunity are everywhere. Favor. Blessing. Expansion.

Yea, we’ve been through some tough times – made some mistakes, faced some hard decisions. Learned a lifetime of lessons. Had to cling to the grace of God.

But now, so many people are getting saved. Changed lives. Restored families. Redeemed relationships. Live and ministry is good.

Right now, we are starting over 50 new churches in a dozen nations. I know that’s nothing compared to the Baptists, AoG, Foursquare and others. But for us, that’s huge.

Our missionaries and church planters are dedicated to the Gospel of Christ. They are humble, and they are bold. And more and more men and women are signing up to plant churches all over the world.

We have talented young leaders – lots of them. They are so smart and creative. Their hearts beat for the campuses of the world. I love working with next generation leaders.

But I worry about pride – not an obsessive worry – a deep concern. I am concerned about pride in my life. Also in our young leaders, in our old leaders and in our future leaders.

Pride, the invisible killer of all things spiritual.

There are so many varieties: self-righteousness, arrogance, insolence, spiritual pride, conceit, boasting, and more.

Pride is elusive – hard to detect, harder to catch. Unless, of course, we see it in someone else – then it’s easy to spot. It’s only elusive when it’s in us.

That’s why we need to constantly and deliberately humble ourselves before God and one another. We need to stay open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the correction of friends.

In tough times we tend to stay on our faces before God. But when all seems well, we act like we don’t really need God, and pride sneaks up.

Beware, especially in times of promotion, peace, blessing, abundance and growth – the invisible killer is lurking and stalking.

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”

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