What was Jesus thinking of?


Luke 18:9-13

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.’

Jesus had a lot of fights with church people, but partied with the ungodly.

He didn’t mind a prostitute using her hair to wipe his feet, but he called the church leaders a “brood of vipers”

What was He thinking of?

Jesus’ problem with the Pharisees was that they were attributing their breakthroughs and their success to what THEY did, and not to what God had done for them.

Church people do the same today: “I sowed a big seed, which is why I got healed. It’s because I fasted, that’s why I saw my situation change.”

This is exactly the same approach as the Pharisee displayed in Luke 18: “Thank you that I am better than others who don’t do what I do.”

Glorying in their own flesh and their own abilities right there in God’s presence.

If you come before God to talk about someone else, feeling better about yourself based on another person’s failures, mistakes or inadequacies, you are measuring yourself against another person and have forgotten who God is.

The flip side of that kind of thinking is that those same people are carrying the weight of all the sin, sickness and mess that Jesus already carried on their behalf, because they are in the center of the scene of their lives.

In El-Shaddai we give the glory to HIM. We refuse to take the credit for our blessings or attribute our breakthroughs to our ability to get things right, since none of it originated with us. Even the faith it took to get born again was a gift to us! (Ephesians 2:8)

As we acknowledge that ALL the glory for everything good in our lives goes to Jesus alone, we will break out in miracles like never before.

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