Luke 18:11 (NKJV)
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector…
Have you ever heard about a tragic story that hurt you to the core? Maybe someone loss their life violently, an innocent child violated, or there was a horrible accident? Stories of this magnitude are hurtful and piercing to the heart. Oftentimes we think of the victim and we have compassion for them (as we should) and then we judge the criminal. We begin to investigate the background of the person with cruel intentions and if we are not careful – we compare their issue to ours:
“I’ve done this but I’m glad I’m not like that.”
While that may bring some comfort to our minds and makes us grateful because we could have been in a “worse” way, the Bible says we all have sinned. We may have not stolen, or taken advantage of the innocent or murdered anyone but we ALL have fallen short. If we could do it on our own, what need would there be for a savior?
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
One thing we all have done is lied. Out of all sins (outside of blasphemy, which is a form of deception) God HATES a liar and rightfully so. Lying is the exact opposite of Godly principles of truth.
John 8:44 (NKJV)
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
What’s the point: We all have come short. Somehow we have become judges and not motivators, encouragers, life-drawers, light-shiners. So, let’s not judge someone because their sin is different than what ours was (or still may be). The blessing of it all is that there is salvation for us all.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.