“Look at Me! Look at Me!”
In a world that is more concerned about what kind of car you drive, what phone you have, the shoes you wear, the handbag you carry- how do we ever learn that God does not desire what is on the outside, but what is on the inside? It does not matter what you look like, how loud you pray or how perfect you set yourself out to be in the world, God cares about what is in your heart. Who are you at your core?
In this passage, we learn that we are enough for who we are, not who we think the world wants us to be. The Pharisee is concerned about how the world perceives him; his focus is on how others might view him. The tax collector is focused on how God sees, hears and forgives him. For the Pharisee, the relationship between the Pharisee and God was about a transaction- look at what I did, so do good things for me. For the tax collector, his relationship with God is about mercy, forgiveness and humility. This Lenten season, let us all practice being the tax collector- admitting our brokenness, coming before God and asking for mercy, and humbling ourselves before our Creator. Let us remember that we are nothing without the grace and love of God Almighty. Let our words and actions not be “Look at Me! Look at Me! But; Look at God! Look at God!”
Rev. Gabrielle Martone is the senior pastor of Broadway and Port Colden UMC’s in Washington NJ.
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