Law: worldly pride
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
—Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)
For these tempers of worldly pride, and vain glory, are not only evil when they mix with our good works, but they have the same evil nature, and make us odious to God, when they enter into the common business of our employment. If it were allowable to indulge covetous or vain passions in our worldly employments, it would then be allowable to be vain-glorious in our devotions. But as our alms and devotions are not an acceptable service, but when they proceed from a heart truly devoted to God, so our common employment cannot be reckoned a service to Him, but when it is performed with the same temper and piety of heart.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life , London: Methuen, 1899, p. 51-52 (see the book)
See also Eph. 6:5-9; Pr. 11:1; 16:11; 20:23; Hos. 12:7-8; Amos 8:4-6; Mic. 6:10-11; Matt. 10:41-42; Rom. 2:6-10; 1 Cor. 3:3; Eph. 4:28; Phil. 2:3; Col. 3:23-24; Heb. 11:26
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, may my first object be always to please You.
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