THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 18:9-14
“Those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:13)
Take a moment to think about your particular weaknesses.
What sin issues do you struggle with?
Do you tend to think of your issues as not as bad as others?
Or do you see yourself as no worse than others?
As long as we only compare ourselves to others, we will not understand sin.
We need to see our moral weaknesses and sins in light of God’s will for us.
We need to see ourselves in contrast to who we should be.
To humble myself is not to demean myself, to make me worse than I am.
Rather to humble myself is to see myself as I really am.
If we did this, we would have no time to be critical of others.
No matter what your sins are, my sins are my issue, and they’re bad enough.
We all need to reach this point where we are honest before God.
Only then will we discover the wonder of God’s gracious welcome.
Only then will we experience God exalting us, despite our sin.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You know my sin more than anyone else. My subtle pride, my lack of love, my selfish bias, my lukewarmness to You, my distracted heart. And this is what I see, You see so much more. Have mercy on me, a sinner.