Vs. 13, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” What a great statement and a interesting parable that Jesus opens up with. Did you know?…19 out of the 38 parables that Jesus shares pertains to how we handle possessions. The shrewd manager was lazy, but when he found out that he must take account for his work, he went at once to settle debts for the owner. We are reminded we must be shrewd in how we handle what God has given to us. Regarding Vs. 16, people are responding to the Good News as if they all were going to receive a million dollars, but the Good News still requires us to obey His laws, not just take His grace for granted. And lastly, we close with the Rich man and Lazarus. It’s important to note that Jesus did not preface this story as a parable.
Regarding application…What is Valuable? Vs.15, “He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” There are so many things we put value on in this world we live in. While the Lord instructed us to be finanically responsible, there is a slippery slope when it comes to loving the posessions we can attain. My youth group in Corona did a revival this past weekend and we focused on “Missions”. That brings me to thinking how so many Missionaries and Pastors have given up the posessions of this world for the Lord. I wonder if I could do the same? Especially those who reach out to foreign missions…they leave the luxuries of this world. I guess we have to ask ourselves if we could live without such things. Everything we have doesn’t belong to us anyway.