For these next seven days of Do Not Do's, we'll study seven abominations: seven things detestable to our Lord.
In the spiritual meaning of numbers, seven is the number of completion.* Therefore, God completely hates these actions. I'd like to think I haven't done them all, but I've certainly tripped on the first one:
Pride. As in arrogance and self-importance; haughtiness, aloofness and pretension; disdain and feelings of entitlement.
Like because of our good looks or quick wits; our riches, possessions or position; our talents, awards, credits or fanbase; our star power or Twitter followers... we think we're above most other people.
We think we know a lot more than they do. We have a lot more pressing things to do than to slow our progress and look kindly on every down-and-out person we meet.
Most of them just want handouts anyway. Let them see to their own accomplishments. (Lord, forgive me for such a wrong mindset.)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When we look down on other people, The Lord will see to our own downfall. The how and when are for Him to know, but His Word promises pride's collapse.
That's why we're told to humble ourselves.** Because when we leave this job to God, chances are, it's going to hurt more.
Pride signed Satan's death certificate, although exile from Heaven came first. Pride tempted Eve, who tempted Adam. It signed their death certificates, too.
Although Jesus broke that pen's power and overturned sentences of death, modern saints have no excuse for pride. Because Jesus was a humble Man, actors for God must be humble, too.
## Proverbs For Performers: Don't Scoff With Proud Eyes (Part 23)
* The spiritual meaning of seven: http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/7.html
** 'Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up' (James 4:10).
** Additional Bible Verses about humbling ourselves: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=humble+yoursel&qs_version=NKJV
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.