WHAT ARE PARABLES?
Luke 18:9-14 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11 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. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13But 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.’ 14I 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.”
THE TAX COLLECTOR EXHIBITS PRECISELY WHAT JESUS SPOKE ABOUT:
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
JESUS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT WE CANNOT DO ENOUGH THINGS RIGHT TO MAKE UP FOR OUR SIN:
Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
JESUS CONCLUDES WITH:
Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
HUMILITY FOR BELIEVERS
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good looking, there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF US DON’T SEE PRIDE AS A SERIOUS PROBLEM.
SO HOW DO WE OVERCOME PRIDE?
1) Use the Bible as it was intended.
2) Have a proper understanding of obedience.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
THINGS TO DO TO KILL PRIDE AND ALLOW HUMILITY TO GROW:
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS IN LIFE GROUPS OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
Passages to consider: Luke 18:9-14