Jesus simply asks us all to follow Him. He asks us to not be self-righteous but humble. There are many people that say they love God but also boast in their good works. After doing a kind deed they proclaim it to everyone they know. Don’t be like the Pharisee’s that pray, “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”. When we act arrogant of what we’ve done it has no meaning in the eyes of God. In doing so, we are only living in our own pride. When doing good towards others, do it in secret. Let not your actions be known. Jesus spoke of a tax collector who “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!’” What a great example of how to live for Jesus. We don’t have to appear righteous among others for our light will shine when we are following Jesus, our Lord. God can see our lives and if we come before Him in humility He will have mercy on our souls. His forgiveness is for all that love Him. Our love towards others, without recognition, will show Him much love.
Let us learn from the greatest teacher of all, Christ the Lord. He didn’t just teach but did it in humility. When He was asked if He was good he said, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God”. Even though He lived a perfect life for the sake of all mankind He didn’t boast in all He did. He gave all the glory to His Father. How amazing is the Lord and His righteousness. We are to be like Him and walk in His ways. Those that are humble will be shown mercy for their sins. “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Look at your lives in the mirror this day. If you are proud, cast it aside in humility to God in prayer. Admit that you need His holiness in your life. Come as a sinner and ask for His forgiveness. All the proud will one day be made humble either in this life or the next. In judgement they will be met in fear. Those that lived for the Lord in thanksgiving will be ready to meet the Lord in heaven. In judgement they will be joyful to enter the Lord’s rest. I love You Lord. I am so grateful for the cross. Accept my heart as a sacrifice to You. Forgive me as I am a sinner. Help me to walk in Your ways. I love You.
Luke 18:9-14,18,19 (NKJV)
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 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.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’
13 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!’
14 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.”
18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.