Lessons From The NBA Finals, Pride Will Eat You Alive, Humility Will Bring You Honor – Acts 12

From my reading in Acts 12 in the One Year New Testament.

One modern example of a humble person being honored is NBA Player Kawhi Lenord.

He was a defensive role player for the San Antonio Spurs this year. In the finals he had a great performance and received the MVP of the finals. The Spurs team as a unit was an example of humility and unselfish play. In Kawhi’s interview he talked  about his team and even thanked God.  His humility is refreshing in the pride filled world of professional sports.

Pride is a deadly diesase that consumes the host.

One man who was killed because of his pride was Herod Agrippa.

“When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!” Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.” Acts 12:21-23

Got worms?

Herod loved the attention and accepted the worship of the people. Because he didn’t give God the glory he deserved Herod was eaten alive by worms and died! Not a fun way to go!

Don’t Get Eaten Alive, Humble Yourself

Pride literally eats away at people. Those who are motivated by pride can never get enough praise. Because they care so much about what others think they are slaves to the crowd. This is an exhausting pursuit that you always eventually lose.

Humble people are the only ones who are truly free.

When you stop trying to steal God’s glory you are free to live undistracted.  God opposes those who are proud and offers grace and help to the humble. He promises to lift up those who humble themselves.

Like a worm, pride eats you alive. Humble yourself and let God bless you. Ask yourself…

Am I taking credit for what I should be glorifying God for in my life?

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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