Tuesday, March 24, 2020

24 Mar 2020 - The Pharisee and The Tax Collector

Good Afternoon all, here is today's devotion. Tuesday, 24 March Luke 18:9-14 (15-17) The Pharisee and The Tax Collector Can you identify with what Jesus is saying, about being like the Pharisee and the tax collector? About a sense of self righteousness and about brokenness before God? Most of us start with being like the tax collector in humility and brokenness. Yet self-righteousness is always knocking at the door of our hearts. It's never far away. It will keep on knocking. We can fall for it easily. There is huge amount of temptation to become proud and self righteous. The attention we get through success; and Facebook and Instagram is ever so tempting that we want to look good. It is easy to pretend and hide. And this sipped into church. In fact the danger of comparison is Jesus' warning here. 'I pray longer. I know the bible better. I serve more. I am more gifted. My marriage is great. My children is in Sunday school. I give more. I am not like so and so ... Thus I am more spiritual and righteous compare to so and so.' Let's guard our heart. 2 disciplines Jesus gives here in this passage: (a) Confession and worship. In confession before God we remember who we really are, sinners. In worship we remember who God is, the God Almighty who look into our hearts and the God of grace and forgiveness. We have been forgiven. (b) Being with people who are considered lower or lesser in the eyes of human ( but never to God)- children, poor and needy, forgotten and the many others you know that is considered lower by others or the system within our culture. Do this because in God's eyes we are all equal and valued. Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me against self-righteous. Guard my heart. Help me always remember not just who I was but also who I am, a sinner forgiven. Let me see and value people as you do. Shape my heart day by day as I keep laying my pretentiousness, craving for attention and pride at the foot of the cross. Amen.