Just be Yourself

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.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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