Do not exalt yourself before God

Luke Bible Background

04.21.2017 – New Testament: Luke 18.13–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 18.1–17 on April 21, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Who is God and who is any man? The greatest of men are less than dust in the presence of God. Therefore, we have no place for bragging to God of the wonderful people we are or of what we have done. Jesus spoke of a Pharisee who exalted himself before God, and then Jesus said this of a tax collector,

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18.13–14). 

Be humble before God and let Him do the exalting. He can do a much better job of it than you anyway. Nor should we exalt ourselves before man, for it just turns people off, and they can exalt us better than we can ourselves as well.


  • Have you bragged to God of your good works?
  • What do you think of people who brag and put down others in the process?

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