10 “Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much, and the one who is dishonest with little is also dishonest with much. 11 If you haven’t been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 If you haven’t been faithful with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? 13 No household servant can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
14 The Pharisees, who were money-lovers, heard all this and sneered at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves before other people, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued by people is deeply offensive to God.
NOTE: Tomorrow, November 20, we will invite all of those worshiping in person at any Resurrection location to turn in their financial commitment cards for 2023. If you will not be in worship in person, you can click here to fill out your commitment card.
Israel in Jesus’ day (like most countries then, and still today) had a small “upper crust” of extremely rich people, and lots and lots who were very poor. Jesus' message in today's reading was clear, and it created controversy (verse 14). Jesus said it is impossible to serve God and wealth, which opposed the values of the religious leaders who were among the rich. We know that many of those religious leaders saw their wealth as a sign of that God was particularly pleased with them and sneered at Jesus' challenging words. Jesus didn’t flinch, but replied, “What is highly valued by people is deeply offensive to God.”
Heavenly Master, your greatest blessing in my life is not my bank account, home or car. It is your eternal love for me. Help me to grow in my willingness to use all my other resources to bless others. Amen.
* Wright, N. T., Luke for Everyone (New Testament for Everyone) (p. 196). SPCK. Kindle Edition.
** From Eugene H. Peterson, The Message. NavPress, 1993-2002.
As a high school student, I don’t believe that everything the World has to offer is bad. I don’t believe God frowns on how much we have advanced his creation. I believe that enjoying God’s creation and how it has evolved is a beautiful thing. Today's title is “Choose Your Master,” so the question is who are you worshiping? Are you worshiping a celebrity? Wealth? Social media? Are you worshiping earthly desires, or heavenly desires? Who is YOUR master in life?
God is not challenging us just to get us to despise the world, because God does not despise the world. The world is His creation. In Titus 2:12-13, God is reminding and “teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
God is calling us to use our possessions to glorify him, and refrain from the earthly desires humans fall into. God is not calling us to live a life focused inward on ourselves and our belongings, but to live righteously in this present world, glorifying Him. He calls us to be Holy, for it was our Earthly desires that separated us from Him in the beginning. Are you worshiping earthly values or God’s values?
Writer's note: I have loved growing up in Rezlife, and have met so many of my close friends through the church! My favorite Rezlife tradition is the kickoff Paint War right before school starts every year. Happy holidays and may everything be well with your soul!
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