But God Knows Your Heart Regarding Money-Lent 18, 2021

Some Scripture is crystal clearLuke 16:13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

Think about how awful it is to sneer at an all-powerful real, true God all while valuing something so much less valuable, something God doesn’t just disfavor… God detests it.  Ouch.

I can’t begin to imagine how angry it made Jesus to see this, to know this love of money was happening, and to watch people giving in to worshiping it until a Judgment Day He knows is certain.

Anger.  Sadness. 
Just the sheer waste of worship and of energy
devoted to something that you can’t take with you into eternal life,
but it can ensure you endure an endless dying instead of receiving eternal life. 

Have you ever been through a season in which expenses—true necessities and obligations, not just luxuries—overwhelmed your budget?  Maybe COVID has done this to your family.  Made you nervous, worried, or anxious?  With every check you wrote or swipe of a card, your heart sank?  How would the money ever go far enough?  Even if you have the resources saved for a rainy day, “It’s only money” you say to yourself as you remember how hard it was to earn it yet how easily it disappears. 

Trusting God should not be this hard,
but it shows the grip that money has on us.  And why God detests it. 
Take a moment to analyze your relationship with money
and whether your hold on it… is roughly equivalent to its hold on you.

Lord God, please give me open hands to hold loosely that which I know has come from You. Help me to see that money and resources and belongings really don’t belong to me but have been blessings that have come from You. Help me to live life with open hands and a heart that is free from entanglements associated with material goods. Thank You Lord for the blessings You poured out in my life and for the way that You provide for me and for my family. I ask Lord that I would elevate You in my heart to the only desire I have, so that I might bring glory to You and have a grateful heart that You have chosen to bless me with anything. Anything is more than I deserve. Lord, I thank You that I can be free to worship You without money dragging me down. Please keep my heart safe in the spiritual realm to focus on You as the one true God. It’s for Your glory I pray this in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen.

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  • Lent 2013 looked at The Letter to the Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece to reclaim foundations of our Christian heritage and began February 13, 2013.
  •  A very special and ever popular offering was Lent 2014’s Be Still and Know that I AM God  which can be obtained through the archives beginning in March 2014. 
  • Lent 2015 began on February 18, 2015 with a series entitled With Christ in the Upper Room: Final Preparations.  We explored what is often called “The Upper Room Discourse” found in John chapters 13-17
  • ReKindle, the Lent 2016 series, began on February 10, 2016 and encouraged us to rekindle our spiritual lives.
  • Light: There’s Nothing Like It was the 2017 Lent series and explored this metaphor often used to portray Christ.  It is archived beginning March 1, 2017.
  • Lent 2018, we explored the questions of Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One). We asked and answered the questions “Why?” from the movie Life of Pi as we discovered the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of many faiths.
  • Lent 2019 gave us a deeper window into Easter “More to the Easter Story” since we miss so much when we rely only on a superficial understanding of the work of Christ. These devotionals are archived beginning March 6, 2019.
  • Our Lent 2020 devotional series offered prayer points surrounding “Be Thou My Vision” and were aimed at helping us to see God for who He is. The full set of devotionals are archived beginning February 26, 2020.

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