But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:40-41
You are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? For “the name of God is blasphemed among the gentiles because of you”, just as it is written. Romans 2:19-24
And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:9-14
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
One would think that mankind’s rebellion against God would always manifest itself by people living in ways that were the exact opposite of God’s ways. However, there are countless people who have many things in their lives that correspond to the good ways of God. People often have room for good ways in their lives just as long as they remain in charge of their lives. This is exactly the problem Jesus addressed with his parable in our Luke passage above. It says, “He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous.”
Unfortunately, this is true for us as Christians as well. Even though we have experienced the forgiveness of sin, we remain in charge of our lives including our spirituality. We are so prone to holding on to the reins. Somehow, deep down inside we think we are good and capable of accomplishing life. We even believe that it is up to us to accomplish living fully for God. The reason for this twist and our failure to go all the way with God’s salvation provision is that we have been unwilling to give up being at the center of our own existence. We must make a commitment that surrenders our will to God, gives him the center place in our lives, and pursues letting him be absolutely in charge of everything.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, It looks like it all comes down to me using my will to make the response of surrendering my will to you throughout my lifetime. So, here is my will, Lord, given to you in complete surrender. Take the center place of my life and be absolutely in charge of everything. I love you, worship you, and adore you. Amen!
Posted on Wed, September 13, 2017
by Alan Porter