Being Right with God
There were some people who thought that they were very good and looked down on everyone else. Jesus used this story to teach them:
“One day there was a Pharisee and a tax collector. Both went to the Temple to pray.
The Pharisee stood alone, away from the tax collector. When the Pharisee prayed, he said, ‘God, I thank you that I am not as bad as other people. I am not like men who steal, cheat, or take part in adultery. I thank you that I am better than this tax collector.
I give up eating twice a week, and I give one-tenth of everything I earn!’
“The tax collector stood at a distance. When he prayed, he would not even look up to heaven. He beat on his chest because he was so sad. He said, ‘God, have mercy on me. I am a sinner!’
I tell you, when this man went home, he was right with God. But the Pharisee was not right with God. Everyone who makes himself great will be made humble. But everyone who makes himself humble will be made great.”