Luke 16:13-15 — Who or what we serve

The god of Money is very big in our society.  Many people long for it.  They work for it.  They even give their lives for it.  But Jesus tells us here,

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.  (13)

I’ve mentioned before, this one is tough for me, especially when it comes to giving.  And the question I have to ask myself is, “Who or what am I serving?”

Am I serving money?  Trying to do all I can to earn and then hold on to my money?  Or is money simply a tool I’m using in order to serve God?  Does God have access to my wallet anywhere and at any time?

If he doesn’t, I’m not serving God.  I’m serving money.  And that’s idolatry.

That was the problem of the Pharisees.  And when they heard Jesus, they sneered at him.  In those days, having wealth was a sign of their goodness.  The feeling was, “God only blesses the righteous.  Since I have all this money, I must be righteous.”

On the other hand, this caused the Pharisees to look down on every one else who was not wealthy, including Jesus.  So not only did they commit the sin of idolatry, but the sin of pride was also deeply embedded in their hearts.

How about you?  Are you proud of what you have?  Are you making what you have your god?  Is your service to this god, keeping you from being generous and touching the lives of those around you for the sake of God’s kingdom?

Who or what are you serving?



About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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