Did you know that their is one ingredient in the Christian faith that if left out will make things...BLAH? That ingredient would be Humility.
Think about this...
As I think a bit more about that statement, it also reveals something else about those Pharisee's. They did not see themselves as sick. Now lets be clear, I am not talking about a sinus infection but a spiritual sickness I affectionately call: SIN. They thought they had it all together. In other words, they did not comprehend their need for God. There is this really great Bible verse that says, "Humble Yourself in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you." It seems to me that people who just focus on the outward and forget about the inward are forgetting the most important ingredient of the Christian faith. HUMILITY.
The Pharisees' forgot that when you reach out to God -you start by being on your knees- in humility, acknowledging your sin and crying out for the grace and mercy of God. It is then that the "Lord exalts" you, not the other way around.
One last thing:
-Before you get all "humble" on me and everyone else. Remember that if you were to ask the Pharisees if they were humble, they would say YES! So it is important to keep in mind that there is a litmus test to this humility.
This, Oh God, You will not turn away."