A man attended a church on Sunday, like he has his whole life. That morning after the sermon on Five Keys to an Abundant Life” he gave his offering and went to the altar. There he prayed “Father, thank you that I walk in the favor of God, you give me health, wealth and even a great parking spot at the mall, thank you that I am not like my friends who sin, you know I’m special and favored above others”
Another man pulled his truck into the parking lot of a church for the first time in decades. Feeling nervous about going in he laid his head on the steering wheel, clinched his fist and whispered “God have mercy on me, I’ve fallen short in every way, I need you Jesus, I’m in desperate need of your grace, change my heart.” He started his truck and pulled away without even going in the building.
One man left justified before God…
Questions To Consider
1. What does this parable say to you?
2. Is this a fair interpretation of the parable found in Luke 18?
Based on Luke 18:9-14
Written by Tom Wise. © Finding Wonder 2013