The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 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. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “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.’
14 “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.”
Today's text taken from Luke 18 is another reminder of how God calls us to remain humble at all times even in prayer. Sometimes our religious walk can get the best of us and we began to think how great of a person we are or how awesome of a Christian we have become in comparison to others. When the truth of the matter is we don't know anyone-else heart or their story. So therefore the best thing for us to do is stay in our lane and humble ourselves before God at all times, which includes being humble before others at many times.
Be Well, Love Pastor Sirchester.