Posted by: Larry Hoekman | August 29, 2018

Luke –What Goes Down Will Come Up!

Day 3145: Seek to have joy, not to be happy . . .

Scripture:  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

Thoughts/questions: According to C.S. Lewis, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” Pure humility certainly is the opposite of thinking that everything that happens impacts one’s self. It truly is, ‘not all about me.’

If the goal is to be humble so that you will be exalted as stated in today’s verses, pride is definitely involved. Humility is it’s own reward! God will do the exalting, not others or ourselves. Always be humble before God and others! Remember, God gives grace to the humble.

Suggested Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are to be praised, I am to exalt You, not myself . . .

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