The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/12/1996):

Tax Man
The Worship Quote of the Week comes from one of Jesus' parables and deals
with our attitude in prayer.

He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with
themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the
common people: "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the
other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank
you that I am not like other people--robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven
forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.'

"Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands,
not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'"

Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with
God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up
flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will
become more than yourself."

-- (from *THE MESSAGE: The New Testament in
Contemporary Language,* by Eugene Peterson, NavPress, 1993)

[What would Jesus say about our quickness to criticize others, what I call
the "us-and-them" factor?]

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