December 10th, 2018
I Am A Sinner
Luke 18:11-13 (KJB) 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.
Pride and self-righteousness only work to elevate oneself above the perceived position of others. A person called a Pharisee in ancient biblical times was such a man who saw himself in a better position with God than other people who had further work to do in their life before they are “right” with God. This lopsided opinion stinks of arrogance and conceit and often seemed to involve an ancient spiritual class war.
This perceived superiority complex hovering over another who is seen in a lesser position is most often outwardly noticeable to us and certainly inwardly evident in the heart to God. Now, certainly, you will agree that every person has room for spiritual improvement. No person is naturally found to be perfect this side of heaven, despite any works or moral rejuvenation he may accomplish in this world.
The truth is that there is no individual who is better than another person for we are all naturally guilty before God. All mankind needs and inwardly desires God’s mercy and grace. Once a spiritually quickened alive man has accepted God’s gift through faith, his standing does not ever rely upon his own moral goodness, but he can only remain in good standing with God because of the finished spiritual work accomplished upon the cross at Calvary for the potential benefit of every soul.
A man with a softened heart readily agrees about the dark nature of sin and his need for God. This man has room for the authority of God to will and work in his heart. Such a man sees himself as guilty and is humble before God not resorting to lifting his own self up as would a modern day Pharisee who is hoarding a hardened heart condition.