Bible Reading: Luke 18:9-11
Memory verse: Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Another thing to note in Luke 18:9-11 is that Jesus talked about the Pharisee and tax collector who went to pray. Many times we are like the Pharisee without realizing it. This is when we pray and remind God why He must answer because of our righteous acts. Examples are paying tithes, giving offerings, and not committing certain sins. We use King Hezekiah’s case as our reference. It is important to realize that he was under the covenant of law in the Old Testament. This covenant demanded complete obedience to the Law of Moses. This is different from our covenant of grace ratified by the eternal sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. It is only the blood of Jesus that qualifies us to receive from God, not what we have done.
Consider that the greatest gift, the gift of salvation, is given to us freely because we believe. This is how we must always come to the throne of grace, for in so doing; we obtain more than what we deserve. Remember, if it is based on works, then it is not by grace or God’s favor. I personally have decided to receive by grace. My works are a show of gratitude for what grace has provided for me.