” ‘No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.’ The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 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.’ ” Luke 16:13-15
Jesus is teaching his disciples about money, the Pharisees hear Him and are scoffing at His teaching. He sees their hearts and knows they love money. We can justify ourselves in the eyes of others but God always sees our hearts. He tells them that what the world highly values, God hates. What is highly valued in the world? Money, fame, prestige, education, comfort, fleshly pleasure, all that money buys, popularity, worldly success, winning, being the best at something – all things that are temporal. When we love the temporal, it keeps us from what is eternal. God hates what keeps us from eternal things: salvation, faith, treasures in heaven, being a disciple of Christ, His Holy Word, prayer. The things that are eternal are available to everyone. All we have to do is believe and confess. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
I ask myself what we have valued for our son. Have we focused too much on earthly goals that have no eternal value? Such as education, success, comfort (not that these things have no value, but we must remember the value is temporary). What really matters is what is in his heart. What is his character like? We need to ask ourselves, “Do we love God with all our hearts and others as ourselves”? If our son was able to gain great earthly success and all the money he needed yet lacked character and did not love God then all the rest would be garbage.
“…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6 God hates what keeps us from Him.
Father, please forgive me for too often focusing on earthly goals for our son and for myself. What matters is a heart of faith and love. Please help us as a family to focus on loving you, walking in faith and loving others.