Luke 18:9-14 NLT
Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Reflection . . .
This parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is an excellent demonstration of just how opposite God’s kingdom is to that of the world. The world exalts those who get ahead, those who assert themselves and do whatever necessary to get ahead and showoff.
This parable shows us that God exalts and honours those who humbly acknoledge their sin before him and not those who try to justify themselves by their good works or by how good they may seem.
In God’s kingdom . . .