dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 16 ~ Lessons on Loot!

on April 22, 2012

I struggled with understanding Luke 16:1-9.  After prayer and looking up soniclight.com and Matthew Henry’s commentary, God showed me how it fits in with the rest of the chapter and what the overarching emphasis is:  God cares about how we feel about and use the money that He entrusts to us.  Jesus called the Pharisees “lovers of money” in verse 14–a description that fits many in our generation too.  Jesus pointed out in the first parable (vs. 1-9) that it is easy to become trapped in a lifestyle of selfish stewardship–using what is God’s for me!  God wants us to be perceptive and wise in our financial dealings. He delights in faithful, honest and trustworthy caretakers of His gifts.  We will all be called to account and there will be no wiggle room, no arguing, no justifying.  When we invest His gifts into the advancement of others for His kingdom, they will welcome us into Heaven with joy.

You might say, like I have felt in the past, “I don’t love money; I don’t have any to love!”  We can be lovers of money without having much of it…does it dominate your thinking, your activities, your desires, your dreams, your anxieties?  Do you manipulate figures and try to find the best ways to make money work for your personal gain?  Are you consistently spending time thinking of ways to get more of it?  Do you fantasize about what it would be like to have “enough?”  Don’t be like “those who justify yourselves before men.”  God knows your heart!  “What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (16:15)

In Luke 16:19-31 we see again God’s heart toward those who store up earthly wealth and don’t share what He’s entrusted them with in helping others.  Those who live their lives with “enough” personal wealth on earth, who find their contentment in it, and who don’t recognize it as a gift from God will spend an eternity in anguish and torment.  Those who live on earth uncared for by those God has enabled to care for them will one day live in eternal comfort!  Oh that our generation would see that this life is not all there is!  There is an eternity that is coming in a blink of the eye–an eternity of either comfort or anguish!  Unfortunately we cannot make anyone see it–unbelief is rampant in our culture.  Whatever God has given you, use it for His glory to help His people and your eternal reward will far surpass anything that you could hoard temporarily here.

***Unpopular truth***

Luke 16:18 For some reason, Jesus decided to use divorce right in the middle of all this talk about stewardship.  The following words are straight from the mouth of Jesus.  This is, has always been and always will be His heart on marriage and divorce and remarriage.  Man’s opinion, popularity, prevalence, and acceptance doesn’t change the eternal Word.  “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.” Divorce and remarriage is the scourge of our society.  Its effects are painful and far-reaching not just relationally, but also to the beautiful picture that God intended to display His faithful, covenant love for His people.  

God’s plan for marriage is good.  God’s plan to use His people to invest His resources in others is good.  But we have tainted His good plan with our selfishness, unfaithfulness, dishonesty, and self-justification.  We have committed adultery on God by divorcing Him and marrying money!

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