“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Insight: Jesus is making a pretty powerful statement to the Pharisees that is just as powerful to each of us as Christ followers today. The attitude and heart with which we do things matters. If our actions are good but we lack humility or do them to promote ourselves that does not honor God.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I pray for humility. Help me to be someone that does not seek out the attention for myself but always points people and the glory back to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.