Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


January 13, 2014

No, really, that question can be understood questioning one's humility, but it can also be an honest inquiry: What do you think of yourself?  So...who do you think you are?

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'"
                                                ---Luke 18:10-12 TNIV
Jesus' story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  The Pharisee thought he was someone he was not; he lied to himself.  Who did he think he was?  He was wrong whatever it was.  Then there is the tax collector (read Luke 18:9-14).  He knew he was not much to write home to mom about, a sinner.

Who do you think you are?  No use comparing ourselves to anyone else; it is ALL irrelevant.  We all stand before God, day by day, moment by moment, every moment of our lives, by the unsurpassed grace of God.  The tax collector got it, the "somebody" just didn't get it.  Do we?
Dale Patterson