The vision the Apostle Paul describes in Romans is a vision that produces in us a joy that overshadows our present circumstances, that recognizes that all of God’s works are designed to lead to wonder and worship.
During the wilderness journey of the Israelites, God covered the ground every morning with bread from heaven. It was like he spread out Krispy Kreme donuts every morning and flipped on the “Hot Now” sign.
The Apostle Paul says that at the core of all our sin is idolatry. He didn’t just mean bowing down to statues (though that counts). Idolatry is much bigger than that: It’s deciding something has such worth and weight that we think possessing it is the key to a happy life. So we prioritize it over knowing and obeying God.
Have you ever signed up for a two-week trial of a streaming service and then just used a different email address to sign up again after those two weeks were over? Maybe you actually liked some of what you were getting, but you didn’t want to get financially invested—at least not for $10.99 a month.
Imagine you’re a Northerner living in the South doing business toward the end of the Civil War. In your business, you’ve accumulated a lot of Confederate money. But you see that the South is going to lose the war. Soon all of your Confederate money will be worthless. So, what should you do with it?
Pride makes us look foolish. Pride is the root sin behind so many other sins and spiritual dysfunctions. Pride was at the heart of Adam and Eve’s first rebellion. No wonder C.S. Lewis called pride the granddaddy of all sins.