“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’” (Luke 18:13).
…and he received the mercy for which he so desperately longed. I pray that we never take for granted or lose our desperate longing for grace. Each day you and I encounter individuals whose lives are crippled by overwhelming guilt for wrongs past committed. They stand outside the church looking in like a starving person gazing through the window of a bakery. They are troubled by a sense of unworthiness. They look at the church and imagine it to be a place for people who have their act together.
Perhaps we are at fault. Our failure to be honest and transparent; covering up our struggles with religious performance and jargon gives the impression that we are not a product of grace. Whatever else we communicate in the witness and testimony of our life it must be that we are not only sinners saved by grace, but a people who starve for the experience of God’s grace on a daily basis.
Today, show the world how hungry you are.