He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
by: Cheryl Steele.
It can be so hard to admit when we are wrong. Just as the Pharisee in this parable, we often come before God and remind him of all we have done in His name—as though He somehow owes us something. Like the Pharisee, our pride in our perceived accomplishments prevents us from receiving all that our Lord wishes to pour out on His children. It can also prevent us from seeing all that God is actually doing in our lives. The humbleness of the tax collector allowed him to hear what God was saying to him and to receive God’s blessing. Which one would you rather be like?