From my book The Christian Church in the Last Days
A biblical adventure of faith, where our self-sovereignty as kings sitting atop the thrones of our lives is placed on the cross to be crucified alongside Jesus, is specifically designed to cancel-out the stubbornly prideful component of the I-know-it-all, I-can-do-it-on-my-own tendency. If the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, and lawyers in the first century had been flexibly open-minded and teachable, they would not have rejected the message and the Person of Jesus Christ as Messiah. If they had been actively engaged in their own biblical quality journeys of faith they would have recognized the Holy Spirit within the actions and speech of Jesus of Nazareth.
In the extreme, the insistence upon having everything our way, as demonstrated by the religious leaders in first century Jerusalem, leads to the final tragic outcome of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A journey of faith humbly following the leadership of Jesus Christ in our lives, trusting upon His wisdom and good intentions for us in everything, is the opposite attitude of the entrenched religious leaders in Jerusalem wanting only their worldly conventional vision of a military style messiah, promising political and economic deliverance from Roman rule, or nothing at all.
Of course we should never surrender our independent moral judgment to other people (Acts 21:13). But the ability to listen in the Spirit, and be open and teachable to truth is an attribute that with few exceptions every person can improve upon (Acts 19:30).
God invented the supernatural vehicle of a journey of faith to navigate triumphantly through this broken world. God, in His infinite wisdom, took the malevolent temptation of Lucifer in Eden that “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5) and turned this around into a positive, commendable, prophetic mission statement for mankind. God created this spiritual vehicle called a journey of faith, whereby He could engineer events and circumstances in the lives of the people of faith who willingly trust and follow Him, brilliantly crafting and reshaping Lucifer’s ill-intentioned and destructive temptation into positive fulfilled prophecy in the most laudably clever and commendable way (Proverbs 3:5-6).