October 28: Luke 16-17
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
In verse 11, shown above, the words "unrighteous wealth" are often translated "unrighteous money". Does that mean that money is unrighteous? It is an interesting question to ask, because I have often heard people say that money is the root of all evil. But, what is there in money that would make it evil? The Bible does tell us that the love of money is the root of all evil; of course, that is more in keeping with the parables of Luke 16.
The very point that Christ was making in the first parable was that the people of this world often are more shrewd in their dealings--especially money matters--than Christians. When the dishonest manager was caught, he knew he had to come up with something fast or he would be out on the streets begging. Apparently he had been overcharging his master's customers, so he quickly reduced their debts drastically so that his master would get his money. Though it meant he would make little or no money on the deal, he was hoping to "buy" friends who would take him in when he was destitute.
What does money mean to us? As Christians, what should money mean to us? It is certainly not wrong for the Christian to have money, but it is wrong for all Christians, rich and poor alike, to set their goal of amassing "things" of this world while ignoring the needs of those around them.
The problem with the Pharisees, in Luke 16:14, was that they understood what Jesus was saying and were highly offended because they loved money and honor above all things.
In the end, our Christian walk always comes down to the same thing, does it not? Christianity is a heart religion; when our hearts are turned completely to serving our Lord Jesus Christ, even our attitudes about possessions will be affected.
So pray today that you will not fall victim to "unrighteous money" or rather an unrighteous attitude toward money. Go to Christ and ask Him for the grace to turn all areas of your life completely over to Him. It is a change in your life you will never regret.
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.