The Tax Man

The Worship Quote of the Week comes from one of Jesus' parables and deals with our attitude in prayer. 

THE STORY OF THE TAX MAN AND THE PHARISEE (from Luke 18).
He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people--robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.'

"Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'"

Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself." 

(from *THE MESSAGE: The New Testament in
Contemporary Language,* by Eugene Peterson, NavPress, 1993)

What would Jesus say about our quickness to criticize others, what I call the "us-and-them" factor?

Have a great week,

Chip Stam


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