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Wednesday, 2 September 2015
LUKE 18:9-14 (NKJV)
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon 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 every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
We are all in a race and our ultimate goal is the Kingdom of God. As we all journey through this life, it is not our duty to judge any man (especially the ones we see in the church) based on their ways of life. We shouldn't think that we are Holier than any one based on the way we relate to God and our perception of the way others relate to God.
Just like the parable we read up there, some Christians are very judgmental when they look at other Christians. They look at them with disgust because they feel they are holier than them. Because you pay your tithes and offerings regularly does not mean you should look at someone who doesn't pay his/her tithe regularly like a sinner, because you give alms doesn't mean you should look at Christians who doesn't give alms with disgust, because you fast and pray, doesn't mean you should despise people who doesn't.........and so on while in some cases, some Christians despises other Christians because of their social economic status (see: SHOWING FAVOURITISM IN THE HOUSE OF GOD)
no one knows what is going on deep down within the people we look at with disgust. just like the parable, while we are there judging them, some of them are solemnly seeking the face of the lord for mercy, and the lord being a merciful God will help them out of their weakness (I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other), but what will the lord do with the people that feels they are holier than others?
we should not forget that the Lord sees the heart of all men. Jesus concluded the parable by saying "for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." The race is for all, do not let the thought of your heart towards others be a stumbling block for you. Always humble yourself before God.