Sometimes as Christians we can’t help but feel good about ourselves, particularly when we are serving God faithfully. It’s subtle too. Maybe it’s hospitality, evangelism, preaching or teaching, or serving in the nursery–when we get done we might be tempted to say, “Ah, that was good.”
No problems there—right? Of course not.
But then it continues, “That was good. And, I am good. I’ve done well. People should see this.”
Now we have begun to veer.
It is good and right to serve with gusto and joy. It is dangerous to serve with pride and pretense.