Message Monday 6/18/18 – Parables For The Jesus Follower: The Pharisee & The Tax Collector

Jon Taylor – Elder

It’s amazing how Jesus is able to tell the right story to the right audience at the right time. In Luke 18:9-14 he tells a parable that can have a powerful impact if one will really listen in humility.

He tells this story to those who are confident of their own righteousness and who look down on everyone else (vs. 9). It is a story with a stunning contrast between a Pharisee who prays about himself and a Tax Collector who begs God for mercy. The Pharisee tries to convince God that his “performance” of religious duties should earn him favor in God’s sight and that he is obviously better than common sinners like robbers, evil doers, adulterers – or the Tax Collector.

I can identify with the Pharisee in that I tried for most of my life to “perform” for God in order to earn His approval and acceptance. I wanted God to be impressed with my performance. I also wanted other people to accept and approve of me so I would wear a variety of masks to be whoever I thought they wanted me to be. What an exhaustive and unhealthy way to live.

When I finally learned what grace really is and began to live in the room of grace instead of the room of good intentions, then I began to understand the depth of God’s love for me and how to live in freedom. Watch this excellent video from John Lynch and allow this truth to really sink in.

After watching the video, prayerfully consider what mask(s) you need to lay down, and if you’re ready to leave the room of good intentions and to live in the room of grace. That’s where God is. He’d love for you to join Him there.

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