Luke Establishing The Kingdom
DAY 5 OF 7
Making the Right Choice
One of the most important decisions we can make is whether we will serve God or money. Jesus puts it this way, “You cannot be the slave of two masters. You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than to the other. You cannot serve God and money” (v. 13).
The Scriptures speak a lot about money because we are often captivated by it, and sometimes use it to define ourselves. Money is not bad in itself; the problem resides in the place we give to it in our hearts. What is the number one priority in our lives? Money or God? Do we love money more than God?
In this passage, Jesus chides the Pharisees for their greed and preoccupation with money, saying, “You are always making yourself look good, but God sees what is in your heart. The things that most people think are important are worthless as far as God is concerned” (v. 15). While money may buy us material things or lead to prestige and power, it does not bring lasting happiness. Only a relationship with God does that.
Honoring God with our finances breaks the grip of materialism off our lives. We cease being slaves to money and learn to use it sensibly as a tool to further God’s kingdom. Tithing and giving to the poor are ways in which we can use money to be a blessing to others. Such giving moves us away from self-centeredness, and allows us to rely on our faith in God to supply our needs.
What “masters” are currently vying for your attention? How do you balance these voices with your commitment to Christ?
God, let me choose wisely and take the path that leads to you.
Be intentional about your decisions this week. Check if they are driven by your desire for money or your desire to serve God.
Father, give me insight to discern what’s right. I declare that you are my master, and the desire of my heart is to serve you.
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