I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?  “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.”  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 others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. —Luke 16:9-15

            How are you and I using the wealth, however much or little, to impact others for God’s glory?  Who will welcome us “into eternal dwellings” because of how we used the wealth God has given us to be stewards/managers over?  Am I being honest and trustworthy with what God has given me to use to influence others and serve others? 

            The way I am applying whatever wealth God has given me here in this life has some significant role in how I will be given responsibility over “true riches.”  How I am being responsible with someone else’s property (God’s) will determine His future responsibility to me over His property in the future!  This is not fully understood except that what I do here with His wealth, His property, will have a determination of responsibility later.

            What master am I serving?  What master am I loving?  A person will either serve and love God or they will serve and love money.  And we know “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (I Timothy 6:10).  We know that “the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). Living and serving the master of money is short-sighted.  Let us be devoted to God and not to money.  Let us use the wealth God has given us to further His kingdom and impact people for eternity.  We can justify ourselves in the eyes of God when we are not doing His will, but He knows our hearts.  Remember, “What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”  May we value what God values.  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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