Humble Highway Home – Good News for March 13

13 03 2010

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity – greedy, dishonest, adulterous – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’

But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Daily Path: It’s not always easy to be humble, but I find it far easier to live in humility than in ego. If you stop and think about it, keeping that ego fed is hard work. Ego is never satisfied. It’s a burden we carry around like a steamer trunk on our back. Again, it’s not easy to do, but dumping the ego trunk brings about a lightness of being that makes the journey easier.

The Doctor Is In – Good News For January 17

17 01 2009

Mark 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 

Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

The Daily Path: As I read this passage some examples occurred to me of how “the sick” in some cases chose to move away from “the doctor” who can heal them. Do you ever hear grumbling in your own faith community about how the pastor did this or that, and as a result they chose to withhold tithing or act to disrupt the community?

It’s not about the pastor. It’s about opening yourself up to be healed and draw closer to God. If you’re fortunate enough to have a pastor who God uses in remarkable ways to draw His children closer… even if he is different than the previous pastor… why draw away?

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Levi was a little unsure of who this Jesus guy was when he first heard him. But when Jesus said “Follow me” Levi did… and look at the opportunity to know God that came as a result. 

We’re all “sick” and in need of constant healing. Can we really afford to be so critical of “the doctor” being sent by God?

Room to Chat: Read more Scripture. You don’t need to spend hours or become a biblical scholar. If you can, or do… great. But this blog is about finding easy ways to get God into your life. He’ll do the rest. Just read the Good News of God when you can and contemplate.