The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is a look at how we can stand in self-righteousness, un-righteousness, or Christ’s righteousness.
Which one of these “righteousness” buckets do you tend to fall into?
Job Righteousness: I’m a hard worker, so God will reward me.
Family Righteousness: Because I “do the right thing” as a parent, I’m more godly than parents who can’t control their kids.
Theological Righteousness: I have good theology. God prefers me over those who have bad theology.
Intellectual Righteousness: I am better read, more articulate, and more culturally savvy than others, which obviously makes me superior.
Schedule Righteousness: I am self-disciplined and rigorous in my time management, which makes me more mature than others.
Flexibility Righteousness: In a world that’s busy, I’m flexible and relaxed. I always make time for others. Shame on those who don’t!
Mercy Righteousness: I care about the poor and disadvantaged the way everyone else should.
Legalistic Righteousness: I don’t do “worldly” things. Too many Christians aren’t concerned about holiness these days.
Financial Righteousness: I manage money wisely and stay out of debt. I’m not like those materialistic Christians who can’t control their spending.
Political Righteousness: If you really loved God, you’ll vote for my candidate.
Tolerance Righteousness: I am open-minded and charitable toward those who don’t agree with me. In fact, I’m a lot like Jesus that way!
Choose to stand in Christ’s righteousness today!