This week’s sermon was about humility. It was also about using a fresh eye to what the message Jesus was conveying in His parables. Pastor Mark pointed out that we tend to skim through the parables because we have read them over and over. We feel that we already know the lesson. But we need to look more closely into what He’s trying to teach us.
Title: The Secret of Humility
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Sometimes we get bored of the Parables.
As soon as we read the cast of characters, we come to the conclusions.
In the time of Jesus, the Pharisees were religious successes. They were a pillar of the community. They were serious about God. The community admired them.
Tax collectors in the 1st century were despised. They were in the company of extortionists and evil-doers.
1. We must be more concerned with self-righteous comparisons than with conceit.
Low marks were not given for either one for prayer and being in the temple.
We feel like the Pharisee is conceited.
We like our heroes to be modest.
Conceit is really a minor thing to God.
It’s a way for people who feel small on the inside to look good on the outside.
The problem with the Pharisee was not conceit. It was the sin of pride.
It’s a manifestation of a spirit of the self-righteous.
The smell of grace gone putrid: When people compare their virtues with others’ flaws. They are not heartbroken and don’t help. They just feel special that they are better than others.
2. We must be more concerned with living in God’s presence than with hypocrisy.
We think that being a hypocrite is the worst.
When you are in the presence of God, you are more receptive to your sins.
We need God and cleansing.
We never outgrow the need of God’s grace and forgiveness.
Humility is looking into the face of God to see ourselves and to see humility.
When I see my sin, I will see my need for forgiveness.