Another burden of pride is self-struggle. A fourth burden we are delivered from if we walk in humility is struggle, struggle somehow to "make it" or "gain recognition" in this world. You will understand, I am sure, that I am not encouraging a lazy spirit or an indifferent attitude in Christ’s service. In his service there is always need for hard work, diligence, willingness to suffer, and great perseverance. But that is a different thing from the kind of struggle for self-advancement that flows from pride.

Humility also removes the burden of pretense. The second burden of pride Tozer writes about is the burden of pretense - of pretending to be something we are not and of hiding what we truly are. The man who is moderately successful in business tries to look wildly successful. He is ashamed to be thought of as only a moderate achiever. A person of limited education pretends to be more highly educated than he is and fears to meet a thoroughly educated man. Even if he is well educated, he fears to meet a person who is better educated or to be in a position where the unfavorable comparison shows.

Jesus' teaching on humility was an intensification of his earlier teaching. Earlier he had been speaking of relative positions within his kingdom - the first would be last and the last first. Now he was teaching that without humility it was not possible even to enter his kingdom.

Brother Lawrence, whose collected conversations and letters are entitled The Practice of the Presence of God, lived in the seventeenth century. He was born Nicholas Herman in French Lorraine, served as a soldier, and then was converted through seeing a tree in winter stripped of its leaves, and reflecting on the fact that within a short time its leaves would be renewed through the love, providence, and power of God. His conversion led him to enter the monastery of the barefooted Carmelites at Paris in 1666.

Nothing so commends the Gospel to the unsaved world as the great joy of Christian fellowship, the fact that something is different there in the company of God’s people. But, also, by contrast, nothing so hinders the Gospel as a lack of joy in the church, which occurs when joyous fellowship is broken, or maimed, or undermined, or destroyed. There is joy in Christian fellowship, and there is joy in the Gospel, too.