Humble Hearts

July 28, 2008 at 8:40 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts | Leave a comment

Luke 16-18.  I am impressed by the heart attitudes addressed in this section of Luke’s gospel.  The rich man was too wealthy and self-sufficient to help the poor Lazarus, and his brothers too stubborn to listen to Moses and the prophets.  Ten lepers were cured and nine did not show gratitude.  The judge was too haughty to listen to the case of the widow.  The Pharisee was too proud to admit his sin, while the tax collector readily admitted his.  The rich young man couldn’t let go of his possessions.  The crowd thought Jesus had no time for a blind beggar.  Pride, pride, pride.  I stand convicted of my own self-righteousness as I read these words.  Yet there is also the contrast represented in these pages:  If your brother sins against you seven times and repents, forgive him seven times.  We should have the attitude of the worthy servant who works hard then replies, “I have only done my duty.”  One leper did demonstrate his gratitude by returning to Jesus and praised God.  The tax collector went away from his prayers justified, because of his humble confession.  In this section Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me . . . for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  And finally, Zacchaeus proved to be a true son of Abraham by his humble actions.  Lord, help me to have the humble servant heart demonstrated by the people on the second half of this list.

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