There are a lot of really bad people out there, people who are certainly doing worse things than me. I try hard to do what’s right and make amends when I do wrong. How can you say I’m not good enough?
Sermon Text: Luke 18:9-14
My Next Steps
Connect: You know the person who has that obnoxious personality, the one you try to avoid when you see them coming down the hall? Or the person that thinks that half the things they say are hilarious, but they’re not? And what’s really hard to understand is that they have no clue as to how much you dread running in to them.
Aha: We have no clue as to what we really look like to God. We’re always rationalizing and changing our view of events to make us look better. Yet the perfect God expects no less than perfection all the time—and only his Son was able to deliver.
Treasure: But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Challenge: For one week work on curbing your defensiveness and your desire to justify yourself. Instead, simply admit your failures and mistakes to others and to God. Find joy in the fact that God has justified you—fully and freely for Jesus’ sake!