December 22, 2023


Luke 16:10-13 - 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. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 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.


This Bible passage from Luke 16 discusses faithfulness with money and possessions. Jesus tells a parable about a dishonest manager who reduces the debts of his master's customers in order to secure friends once he loses his job. Jesus then says that if we are not faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust us with true riches? He goes on to say that no one can serve both God and money. We must choose to serve one master alone.


When it comes to money and possessions, it can be easy to lose sight of what truly matters. We live in a society that places so much emphasis on wealth and material goods. But as Jesus reminds us, these earthly treasures will not last. Money can be a useful tool, but it should not become our master or the focus of our lives. We must use our resources wisely and generously to help others in need, not hoard them for our own selfish desires. God calls us to be faithful stewards of what He has provided, whether great or small. He wants us to put our trust in Him alone as our heavenly Father, not in the uncertainty of riches. How can I better serve God with my finances and avoid the temptation to idolize money? What small act of faithfulness or generosity can I do today to live more freely under His lordship rather than the tyranny of wealth?


Heavenly Father, thank You for providing for my needs. I pray that You would help me to use the resources You've given me in a way that honors You. Free me from the grip of greed and teach me to find my security and joy in You alone, not in money or possessions. Show me how to be a faithful steward of what is Yours. Help me to generously share with those in need as a reflection of Your generous love. May my life proclaim with my actions, as well as my words, that You are my Master and I desire to serve You with all that I have. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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The coin glints in the sunlight, a reminder of fleeting wealth, As outside his window, hands join in generosity's good health.

The coin glints in the sunlight, a reminder of fleeting wealth,  
As outside his window, hands join in generosity's good health.

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