Summary: What is your attitude? Good ? Bad? What ever it is it is contagious. The real question is, is it worth catching?
Check your Attitude
What is your attitude? Good ? Bad? What ever it is it is contagious. The real question is, is it worth catching?
Luke 18:9-14 (NIV)
9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10“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.”
I. WHY DID YOU COME TO CHURCH?
1. To be seen like the Pharisee, you know look at me look at me?
2. To seek God as the tax collector?
The tax collector showed up because he was in trouble and he believed God could help him. His body language revealed his sense of unworthiness; he couldn’t walk to the front of the crowd, instead he kept his distance. He didn’t focus on the other people there, he focused on God.
Worship does involve an audience. But it’s an audience of one. When we come to church, we should be primarily concerned about seeking God’s face. You may receive the applause of man, but you should be deaf to it. You should be listening only for the applause of the nail-scarred hands.
Lets read that scripture again only in The Message this time.
9He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: 10“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. 11The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. 12I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’
13“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’”
14Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”
II. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE IN FACING GOD?
1. The Pharisee was proud of his goodness vs. 11&12
a. Pride loves to talk about “I”
b. Pride seldom admits a need
c. Pride sees the faults of others
Eph. 2:8&9 says
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast.
2. I desperately need God’s mercy! Vs 13
III. HOW WILL YOU GO HOME?
1. Unchanged–Religious and proud of it!
2. Unburdened–Right with God and thankful for it!