A Devotion for August 15

This morning’s lessons include the story of the Pharisee and the publican. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a hard lesson, but it forces us to look into our heart and ask ourselves who we are. Are we the Pharisee or the publican?

Are we the Pharisee? Proud of all the work we’ve done. Proud that we’re not like the other Christians, or other Americans, or our neighbors? Are we trusting in our own works of righteousness?

Or are we the publican? Humble and broken, filled with a contrite heart that recognizes our brokenness. Are we trusting in Christ’s righteousness for us?

We are called not to trust our own righteousness as this poor Pharisee does, but Christ’s. But fear not, if you look within yourself and see that you are a Pharisee, repentance is always welcome. Repent, believe, trust not in yourself, but in Christ and his righteousness.

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