The Pharisee believed he was better than everyone else in the parable The Pharisee and the Tax Collector recorded in Luke 18:9-17. He viewed himself as being superior to others because he fasted twice a week and gave a tenth of all he received (v. 12). Then Jesus explained to him that it is not only important to be obedient but also humble and to approach God with childlike enthusiasm each day.
The world tells us to promote how good we are like the Pharisee; to be someone we are not but Jesus explains that we should just be ourselves. We all need mercy every day so come to God in prayer each day in a humble way; be teachable and enthusiastic about a better future where God lifts us higher.
Jesus explained that receiving the kingdom of God like children with simple, trusting, and enthusiastic faith is to be admired. Like children, we should live for today and not get so caught up in building for the future. Also, we should understand that the gospel makes the complex parts of life more user friendly in order to live the best we can. Receiving the kingdom by being humble, teachable, and enthusiastic is the best way.
This day with You Lord, help us to have this type of faith that Jesus talks about in today’s passage. The type of faith that is not about building up ourselves but just being the person You made us to be; building up others and connecting Your power to them. Amen.