The Mindset of a Pharisee

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Luke 15:28 NASB95
28 “But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.
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Why was he angry? Why was there no compassion or mercy or rejoicing? And all it produced was separation- he was not willing to go in!
Luke 15:29 NASB95
29 “But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;

“I have been serving you.”-

God is not my slave master! I am not simply doing God’s bidding. God is my Father and He loves me and I love Him and I love to obey Him.

“I have never neglected a command of yours.”-

God is not simply issuing commands that I am then forced to obey. It is not forced obedience. If this is the way I view my relationship with God it becomes the standard by which I judge all other people. I never neglect to obey a command of God. Other people sure do, like that no good son of yours. Look at me, look at me, look at me. I deserve better, I am better. I have been sacrificing myself for you God all my life and this is the thanks that I get???? This is such a dangerous attitude to fall into! But I know that I allow my own thoughts of self-superiority to creep into my thinking. I do think of myself as better than other people. And the root cause of that is a wrong view of my relationship with my Father!
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