Would you agree that most people would rather take the
shorter route to their destination? Or perhaps the fastest route would be
better? To say the least, we are a destination focused society. Think of these
examples. On vacation, you are heading somewhere. When reading a book, your
destination is the ending of the story. When in school, you are working toward
a degree or certification. Whatever the destination is, there is a journey to
What if the journey is more important than the destination? Are we spending too much time focused on outcome that we miss the beauty of the steps to get there? Think of all the people who want to be famous and receive recognition and honor. That is the destination they seek. Verse 33 would say, “Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.” We must humble ourselves first. If our “destination” is fame and glory, we need to first step back, humble ourselves, and prepare our hearts for the honor. We need not discount the beautiful journey we will take to get there and be more focused on serving and blessing others.
There is a huge message here for us today in these short verses. Jesus’ example is just crystal clear. Can’t you just picture the scene? As we read through the New Testament, I don’t know about you, but I get a pretty tainted view of the Pharisees. They are supposed to be upright, holy people. They think they are at least. Time and again I am left shaking my head at their lack of faith, or maybe I should say misdirected faith.
Even today, some church leaders take on an attitude that they are better than the rest. As the wife of a pastor, I know we are sinners in need of a Savior just like everyone else. I was often asked to have my husband, David pray because they thought his prayers carried more weight or something. Not true. We are crying out to God, just like the tax collector in the story. As we should. We all are in need of God’s mercy. Continue reading “Luke 18:9-14 – Humble Yourself Before God”
Jesus takes every opportunity he has for a teachable moment. We get a front row seat to all of this great wisdom. Granted, there were days not memorialized to be sure, but when situations aligned, Jesus used them to teach. That’s what a good teacher does.
As parents, we try to find those moments with our children. One simple question from our wee ones may often bloom into a full fledged life lesson. Those are the moments that stick with you and make an impression. Our glimpse into the life of Jesus shows us those moments so they can stick with us. Continue reading “Luke 14:1-14 – Be Humble”