Monday Morning Pastor – 5/28/17

May 29, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Barb Graci.

Title: The Pharisee and the Publican
Passage: Luke 18:9-14

Monday is Memorial Day.  It is a day of gratitude and appreciation for those who died while serving in the armed forces.  The ultimate sacrifice made for us to live in the land of the free, because of the brave.  A humbling thought and a very difficult day for the loved ones of those who gave their lives for us.

This week’s message was about The Pharisee and the Publican, the religious man and the tax collector.  Two very different men, but not the way we would think.  The Pharisee had a position of status within the church.  He proudly prayed  about the sacrifices he made for his church and God.  In fact, he was very grateful that he was not like other people and that he was so much better than most.  While in the synagogue, he was not only elevating his ego, he was physically elevating himself on a platform.  But was he praying, or performing a monologue?  What does Jesus say about good deeds?  Do not do them so that you can be seen doing them.  When you give to the poor, don’t blow a trumpet.  When you pray, don’t be loud, and pile up lots of words…our Father already knows what we need before we ask.  People who exalt themselves will be humbled, and people who humble themselves will be exalted.

Now, the tax collector’s behavior was completely different.  He prayed quietly in a corner for mercy, being an especially wicked sinner.  He humbled himself as he prayed, knowing full well the sins he committed, and knowing God knew them before he even committed them.  This week’s sermon teaches us that our confidence should be in the fact that God is in control, and He loves us.  We have no right to feelings of superiority. More importantly, Jesus gave us ONE new commandment….as I have loved you, so you must love one another.   We are ALL sinners, every one of us.  Let us live a humble, grateful life.  Help us show others what the life of a Christian should looks like.   Help us lead our youth to Jesus, give them the solid foundation they need in this world.  There is not a problem that is too large to give to God.  There is not a question that is too difficult for God.   Our hope and our faith in Jesus Christ can get us through anything.  We are so unworthy of His love and His sacrifice.  But He does, and He did.  Humbling, isn’t it?

 

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