In Luke 18:10-14, Jesus said “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”
The Lord expects a righteousness higher than that of the Pharisees from us. He emphasized this severally in His holy book. Though, He wants us to live above board, that thus not mean we should allow holier than thou mindset rule us. The score cards of each of us is in the hand of our Maker.
Awareness of this made Paul wrote to the Corinthians thus, ” Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Cor. 7:1.
The Pharisee thought he was alright without taking into cognizance that pride has crept into his service. There will be surprises in heaven. Those who do not think of themselves than they ought will receive justification ahead of the so called mighty.
Above example is a great lesson to those who want to make heaven. We need mercy every time throughout our living on planet earth.
Psalmist called our attention to this when he said, “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” Psalms 19:12-13.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, have mercy on me. If you can qualify the unqualified, qualify me in Jesus Christ. Amen.