Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-31
Key Verse: Luke 16:15
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.
The last line of our Key Verse for today states our focus for this devotional: “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” This verse gives us the reason behind this truth. Note that the Pharisees loved money; that was detestable to God!
Having money and/or lacking money is not the issue with God. God cares about our love. In other words: our values! The Pharisees had placed such high values on money that it became a detestable thing in God’s eyes!
God wants us to value our relationships much more than our money! Yet we too often will do damage to a relationship because of our high value on money! For example, if a spouse angrily tears into their partner over some financial issue, they have just proved their values. They highly esteem money, not that relationship. It’s not wrong to talk about and deal with our differences when it comes to money, but we must always value our spouse more than our material wealth!
God wants us to “highly value” people of all economic status. If we see someone hurting, God wants us to care, to find ways to help and bring an end to their suffering. If we highly value our savings accounts more than hurting people around us, God is grieved with that value.
Determine with me that you will do your best to value what God values and not just what you might choose!
Father, open my heart to the relationships around me, giving me a generous attitude as to how to help! In Jesus’ Name, amen.