“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.”
Am I about “that money”, or am I about living for Christ?…can I be about both?
Can I somehow live in such a way where gaining material wealth is #1 priority while at the same time ‘die to this world’ and live for Christ?In loose theory, it sounds possible. On the surface, it looks good and ‘prosperous’.
However, there will come a time when I must choose between a corporeal ‘come up’ or honoring Christ. Which ‘#1 priority’ will I choose? Which ‘#1 priority’ will truly become #1 when it’s time to either lose money, turn down a job, forego earning that degree… or reject Christ?
“…What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.”
Society applauds so many things… like wealth and earthly prestige. Obtaining advanced degrees, moving into that condo, driving the late model coupe, rubbing elbows in elite circles… none of which, within themselves, are sinful. If were to be honest, however, the prospect of gaining any of them often competes for the attention that I owe Christ.
See, for the follower of Christ, earthly wealth and prestige aren’t priorities. Living for Him doesn’t require us to be rich, famous, or even popular. Society honors it as well as the person who DRIVES to secure it…but to God, if you place those things before Him, He detests it.
What is your #1 priority?
What do you honor?
Who, or what, do you serve?