What Jesus Did! 'Know What is Important and Who to Serve' — Luke 16:12-13

Sunday, September 22, 2019

"And if you cannot be trusted with the things that belong to someone else, then you will not be given things of your own. No servant can serve two masters at the same time. The servant will hate one master and love the other. Or he will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time."
— Luke 16:12-13 NLT
Illustration of Luke 16:12-13 NLT —  You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.

Key Thought

Money can be our master, but we must not let it. We can covet money. We can sell our virtue for money. We can be manipulated for money. We can risk our lives for money. Few things have such pull on our human hearts. Paul warns that greed is a form of idolatry. In other words, money and our desire for it can become our god and our religion. Jesus makes it clear that there is room in our hearts for only one consuming love. That love will be the master of our lives. We cannot serve God if money becomes our master. We cannot worship and serve both. So which do you choose?

Today's Prayer

Father, give me a clearer sense of your purpose in blessing me. I want to serve you faithfully, using your gifts and your blessings in my life to honor you and bless others as you would have them blessed. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Timothy 6:5-10
  • Colossians 3:5
  • Luke 12:21


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.