What Jesus Did! 'Religious Arrogance Is Sinful' — Luke 18:9

Monday, October 21, 2019

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: ...
— Luke 18:9 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' most scathing rebukes were reserved for those who were outwardly very religious, but who were arrogant and self-righteous and felt superior to everyone else. Once again, Jesus illustrated his point with a story so his disciples would not only know the truth of his message but so they also could visualize what this religious arrogance looks like and could remember to avoid it in their own lives. Before we examine this story of Jesus, we should look at ourselves and ask, "What is the basis of our confidence?" Is it in comparing ourselves to others? Is it in our own works of righteousness? Or is it in God's grace and mercy as shown us in Jesus?

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for saving me, a sinner, who cannot live up to your standards of character, righteousness, and holiness. Thank you for making a way for your grace to reach me and bring me into your family as your child. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Luke 18:9 NLT — Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: ...

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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