devotional post #2024
Luk 18:9 Jesus also spoke to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. This was his illustration:
Luk 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of these people: violent robbers, unrighteous people, adulterers — or even like this tax collector.
Luk 18:12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’
Luk 18:13 But the tax collector stood far off and would not even look up skyward, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, please show mercy to me, I am a sinner!’
Luk 18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home in a right relationship with God rather than the Pharisee. Because everyone who lifts himself up will be levelled off, but he who levels himself off will be lifted up.”
I’m looking for tips from this tax collector. He had a right relationship with God, and I so want that. What is hard is that both of these men would consider themselves churchgoers. So, I can’t avoid going to church — out of some false sense of humility. That would be the essence of pride. But my churchgoing does not tip the scale in my direction either. The more I do to enhance my relationship with God, the more I am tempted to be proud of my accomplishments, like this Pharisee. An attitude of repentance and unworthiness and true humility is what we all need.
LORD, in all our attempts to please you, keep us from arrogance.