The two men that prayed

Monday, 16 June 2008

Today during my quiet time (which i dont spend enough time in) i was reading the parable of the two men that prayed. (Luke 18:9) If you dont know the parable it is about a pharisee and a tax collector.

Here it is:
Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

This strikes true to me more and more as days go by! Its like the pharisee represents christian culture today, praying inwardly, praying for itself and creating barrier between it and everyone. THe tax collecter represents the rest of the world, lost alone, confused and in need of help! The christian community is in danger of rising themselves about the "secular" society and culture. WE should have no barriers or boundries, we were all created in gods own image, let us find the godleness in everyone and draw it out of them, we are servents, children and part of the great body of christ!! Not saints, special ones, angels or princes! we are here to have God do with us as he will!! Let us serve and infect!

Jesus did ot hang out with those who were "worthy" or saved, he hung around with real people, people god created and loved! let us to the same, what an amazing role model we have! Viva la Jesus!