Life Talk Devotion 05/12/2023 –
Two Roads To Humility:
Also He (Jesus) spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14
Jesus uses this parable to reveal that the way of humility has two paths. In the parable we see two men who had differing assessments of their lives and more importantly, differing attitudes toward their need for God.
The tax collector understood his true need and offered no pretense to hide behind. He acknowledged his sinful heart reverently seeking God’s mercy. The Pharisee on the other hand carried an elevated view of himself believing he was justified before God because of his own works. In his way, the Pharisee was saying to God “I don’t need your mercy”. Both men had the same heart issue and needed God’s mercy. The difference is one recognized it while the other was blind to the truth of his life.
Ultimately the road to humility has to be traveled by each of us. As Jesus points out, its either now or later. But its all about which toll do we want to pay.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18
“The heart of true faith is rooted in and guided by truth; truth established by God through the essence of His nature and His Word. Without His truth as revealed in the Bible, man can only stumble in his effort to know Him and be redeemed by Him.” M.P. Bramble
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