See Him as Something

Passage for Today

Galatians 6:1-18

6 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.


  1. DIG: What sin are we being warned against in this passage?
  2. DISCOVER: What happens when we entertain pride, and how do we overcome it? What can you do to maintain proper perspective about Jesus and yourself?  
  3. DO: Ask the Lord daily to give you the proper mindset, to bring you to a place of humility, and to remove prideful thoughts from your heart.


By Pastor Dan Hickling

“For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”—Galatians 6:3 (NKJV)

Nothing will derail a person’s spiritual growth more than an attitude of self-righteous pride. The moment we think we are superior to anyone else, when we presume we are valued more than others; we do something to ourselves that all the combined forces of spiritual darkness could never do to us: We put ourselves in a position that God cannot and will not bless.

God has made it clear that He opposes the proud in Psalm 138:6 and Proverbs 3:34. Just in case we’re tempted to think, But that’s all Old Testament language, He repeats it twice for us in the New Testament (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). And if there’s any trace of belief that we have a special “something” within us to boast about, Jesus settles the issue once and for all by declaring we can do “nothing” apart from Him (John 15:5).

If one thing is clear in this life, it’s this: Pride has no place among God’s people! And when or if we think otherwise, we are simply dwelling in a state of self-deception. Again, this attitude acts as a sort of spiritual prison, bringing an abrupt halt to our freedom to grow in God.

Now, if your heart works anything like mine, you might be thinking, Good thing I’m not guilty of pride like so many other people! Wait! Do you see what’s happening? Can you see how insidiously invasive pride can be? It’s lurking and ready to lunge at us from so many different directions. We can even be prideful about not being proud!

Yet as formidable a foe as pride is, we can’t dwell in the valley of defeat. We need to understand the Lord is greater than pride’s power, and He’s for us overcoming it. It’s a battle we can win; God wouldn’t command us to be victorious if it wasn’t possible!

So how do we win the war with pride? By having the proper perspective, by looking at the right things. If we focus on other people, and measure ourselves against them, we start to see ourselves as “something.” But as we focus on the sinless Son of God, who suffered and died on account of our guilt before God, we will see Him as “something” and ourselves as “nothing” in comparison.

Don’t get distracted. Keep your spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus, and you will see both Him and you as you should.

*  This devotion was found at titled “Live Free: the book of Galatians” by Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale.

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