“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”Luke 18:9-14
Pray, ask God to reveal himself today through this scripture.
How often am I the pharisee, full of a self-righteous hubris that causes me to be unable to see the richness of God in others? I would often fall into this trap when I used to do orphan care. Orphan care is so obviously a great and wonderful thing to do to help the world. I think most people can agree that orphan care is a good thing to do, so it was easy for me, when I was immersed in caring for orphans to look around at people who were not necessarily doing orphan care and think about how good I was. But the truth of the matter is that I am not good. Only God is good. I am like the tax collector and when I finally come around to seeing that, then I am able to live more acutely in the mercy of Christ.
Deliver me from self-truthfulness.
In the frequent days in which I must do battle with
Myself for foe
Arm me with a constant trust in Thee
Grace and peace to you from God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.