Luke 16:13Posted 12/08/21, by Dan Vis
All this week, we've been looking at verses that make it clear, the cost of discipleship is high. That there can be no compromise--only total commitment.
Today we look at another area that often interferes with our commitment to Jesus. And it has to do with the love of money. Once again, the call is clear.
Take for example this verse:
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus is making in crystal clear here, that there is no way to follow Him, if your priorities are confused or divided. One simply cannot serve two masters. You just can't serve God, and mammon together.
The word mammon, just means wealth, or riches, and particularly the pursuit of these things. Here Jesus is saying we can't pursue real discipleship, and the accumulation of earthly treasures at the same time. It is either one or the other.
In Luke 14, Jesus put the requirements for discipleship in even stronger language:
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Thinking back, Jesus addressed the need to forsake wealth far more often than He did the need to forsake family. Suggesting perhaps this is a bigger and more common issue. And I suspect it is.
How many of us choose our careers for financial advantage, rather than choosing some form of more sacrificial missionary service. And even if our work sometimes involves evangelistic opportunities, how often does that ministry component remain secondary to the secular obligations of our job?
Suppose we are invited to choose some church related employment at a significant cut in pay--what would we choose? Or on a smaller scale, suppose we have to choose between decreasing our work hours, to make time to fill some church office? Or even down to the micro level of the weekly offering plate. Where are our priorities, really?
While I don't believe Jesus is calling us to abject poverty, or to financial irresponsibility, it's very clear He is calling us to put His priorities first. That there can be no competition between God and money. Jesus must always come first.
Take some time to reflect on your expenditures. Review the last month or two of your checkbook, and assess how much of your budget is devoted to the advance of God's kingdom (including essential, core living expenses)--and how much to personal indulgence. Personal gratification.
It's not really a question of balance, is it? It's a question of coming to the place in this area of our life that Jesus always come first.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 12/10/21|
|You are right Wayne about how easy it is to walk by sight, not by faith. And how natural it is to put self first. Both of these are every believer's chief battles, aren't they?|
|Posted by Wayne E Smith on 12/08/21|
|Thank you for the reminder to always put Jesus and His church first. It is easy to put the seen ahead of the unseen, self instead of the Selfless One.|
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