A number of lessons and things to consider stood out to me as I read the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Right away, the issue of in whom or where we are placing our trust was evident from the words of verse 9. That then got me thinking about the issue of focus, with me asking myself whether my focus is on God or is it really on me? We see examples of both in this passage. Then there is the issue of pride versus humility which is clearly displayed through these two men. There's no doubt that being humble pleases God.
But the final and most prominent thing that stood out to me was the problem of comparing ourselves to someone else. It is so easy to slip into this way of thinking (and I'm speaking from experience here). Yet it shouldn't enter into our thinking at all. I spent a few minutes considering this and landed here--if our heart, attitude and focus are right, the comparing problem will fall away.
So what did God show you through this parable? Did you notice some of the same things I did? Or did something else move your heart? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Tami
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