Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 25, 2012

Who’s Next to You?

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we are in church who is our neighbor? Many people have just one place they sit; one place they are comfortable and one group of people they want to sit with. Luke tells us about two very different people who went at the same time to the same place to pray: one was a highly respected religious leader and the other a “turn-coat” Jew who used the law of the Romans to his own selfish advantage against his own people. The first made sure he pointed out to God how good he is and how bad his praying neighbor is. The second acknowledge how bad he is by his own doing and asked for God’s mercy. The first man forgot that in God’s eyes, it’s not what we do or don’t do that makes us sinners but who we are. We like to think we are doing better than another. We think others are worse sinners than we. We like to boast of our “goodness.” We like to be with others of the same mind. Our question is do we make God out to be a liar or do we accept that, no matter what we do or who we are we are still just sinners – all of us equally sinners? It is only through the grace and love of God through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus, that we are given the privilege of addressing God the Father. Let us choose not to be so wrapped up in our own smugness or that of our “friends” that we shun others. Let us see the sameness of each and everyone who crosses our path and reach out to them. This Sunday, if you don’t have a ministry in the service that makes you be in a certain place, choose to change where you sit and get to know someone else – maybe someone without a friend.

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