Day 16 | Luke 16
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:13)
I think more than any other sin, I struggle with envy. It is so easy to look at what other people have: success, wealth, possessions and ask, “Why don’t I have that?” However, when I ask that question, when I look away from the wonderful things God has given me, doubt creeps in if my master is actually good. Is he really faithful? Is he really just? This is the place where love begins to turn away from God and towards other things. This is where our allegiance to God must be confronted, because we are either going to trust him or we are going to look away from Him and begin to trust in something or someone else.
Jesus reminds his disciples that when you are following Him life will not always be easy and you need to make difficult and shrewd decisions. But it is all for the purpose of being more devoted to our master, to make him our priority rather than the pursuit of all the other things that are calling for our attention. In life money, wealth and possessions are calling us to serve them rather than God, but we can only serve One Master and that is God.
In this holiday season when so much of the focus is about pursuing stuff, and focusing on what we are getting and what we need to give, we have to continually orient ourselves back to the priorities of God. We have to ask ourselves how are we growing in a loving devoted relationship with God. Take time to pray and repent for when you have sought things other than God first, and renew your commitment to Him.