This verse really names our cultural disease. We have become a nation of people determined to exalt themselves at every opportunity. We’ve turned boasting into an art form and called it “building your brand,” or “marketing your story.” Social media promotes edited versions of our lives with the prayers of confession left completely out.
Public figures, athletes, and musicians offer us a relentless picture of self-promotion, self-assertion, and self-aggrandizement. But this behavior, Jesus insists, is anathema to God and will result in an eventual humbling. Only humble people can hope to be accepted and lifted up by God.
Pray for a greater humility in our culture and nation.
FAMILY TIME— Why is it okay to boast about or praise others and dangerous to do it about ourselves?
DAY 19 THURSDAY | NOVEMBER 16, 2017 LUKE 18:13 - 14A
The truth is that we see others’ problems and sins far more easily than we do our own. The Pharisee cannot see his own pride, his contempt, his lack of love and concern. That is why we need others, why a community is crucial for each one of us. One key to a genuine Christian life and a genuine Christian church is accountability. Unless others can name our faults, gently and with compassion, we will tend to miss them and never be able to address or correct them.
The tax collector, as a sinner whose shortcomings were universally acknowledged, is actually blessed, since he can face and confess his errors, and be forgiven.
Who knows your faults?
Who holds you accountable and supports you in your weakness?
FAMILY TIME— How does your family hold one another accountable?