He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” NRSV
The world is often inside down.
The religious leaders were trusted teachers, role- models and respected community leaders.
The Tax collectors exploited the public; they were feared and mistrusted.
In the context of prayer and worship. The unlikely is made who. The expected is lost.
A caution to stay watchful throughout our lives.
We might know truth, good and righteousness with our head but loose the battle in real life.
In the context of giving and stewardship: don’t fool yourself give your whole true self to God’s remodeling plan. Self management is dangerous.
Confess our sins
Pray for mercy.
Go home whole not fooled.