“And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them” (2).
How do I react to the scribes and Pharisees? If my heart response is contempt (because of how they were) or pride (because I’m not as they were) or self-satisfaction (because I think I don’t have either attitude), I don’t see how I’m better than they.
They looked down on certain people (publicans and sinners). Am I any different if I look down on certain people (Pharisees and scribes)?
Well, I don’t want to be like the Pharisees and scribes.
I do want to be one who draws near “to hear him” (1).
And I certainly want to be like This Man.
But which am I like, right now?
from Luke 15:10
A little bit more from Luke 15: There I’m Safe Again