I just got chewed up and spit out.

Do you claim Christ? Do you tithe? Do you serve? Do you pray? Do you youversion.com? Do you all of the above? Then Read This! Luke 18:9-14

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody 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 up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.

12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “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.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

I am seriously ready to preach! Not because I believe people need to hear this but because I needed to hear this. I ain’t sh*t. Well, I am something. I am a sinner. All that I can do is try to live like Christ. Even if from this moment on I live perfectly, my past would still haunt me.

So how do you do it? How do you live like this tax collector? It seems so ironic that the bible notes this humble man’s profession. Tax collectors are disliked today but a few thousand years ago, their presence was dreaded. They would physically knock on your door and say, “it’s time to pay the piper.” I think.

If you think about the authors audience you will grasp Jesus’ intention of noting the tax collector. Luke’s audience knew and dealt with tax collectors. Tax collectors were known to skim of the top. They were known to be crooked. It’s one thing to commit a crime against someone else but once you take my money, illegally, it’s on!

I am sure, immediately when Jesus even mentioned the word tax collector, his entourage cringed. As always, Jesus shows us our humanity in a way that “hits home”.

No matter what, I am a sinner. No matter what good I do, I am a sinner. No matter how much I tithe, I am a sinner. No matter how well I am versed, I am a sinnner.

It scares me to think that I can actually use God’s intentions for personal benefit. How? I am to embarrassed to say. I’ll say this, when I first met my wife, I played all my good works cards. Hey, I had to lay it all on the table. She’s out of my league. It didn’t take her long to figure me out, heck she probably had summed up instantly. I am not as cool as I look.

My conclusion.                                                                                                                                                                                                               If you think you are all that and a bag of stanky chips, do this. Ask God.

If God’s answer doesn’t humble you. Ask your spouse.

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