Words of Faith 10-23-18
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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 "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.
Shrewdness for the Kingdom is not the same as loving money. There is a vital principle here. We are called to be servants of God.
We are not the master. We will never be the master. We will never be the "master of our own destiny." We are servants. Either you will serve God or you will serve money. If you make God your master, then money will always be your servant. It does not matter how shrewd we are or how carefully we invest or how smart we plan. If God is not our master, money will become our master and you will never master your money.
If you do not surrender in the arena of material possessions, you will end up hating God. If you do not let go of your worldly possessions, you will end up hating God. That sounds severe but it is true. As long as you cling to your worldly possessions or the hope for them you will probably be angry at God, conflicted, and not content.
Jesus made it clear that what is highly valued among men is detestable in God's Sight. The value system of God is very different from ours.
We have a choice—to justify ourselves before the eyes of men or surrender to Him in every arena of life. God knows your heart. You can make every excuse in the world as to why you have not surrendered the area of money and finance in your life, but God knows your heart. It is just excuse. You can argue about the need to provide or the responsibility to succeed, but what is highly valued among men is detestable in the God's sight.
The things that the world admires, the games of prestige and the images of worldly success are detestable in God's sight. We cannot play the world's game and be people of the Kingdom. We often make the excuses and hope that God will not reject the things, the honors or the prestige that we cling to. We think that if we just do enough good, then, God will overlook those things. Jesus says no. Those things are detestable in the sight of God. We need to be people of the Light acting shrewdly in matters of Kingdom significance.
Where are you today? In the realm of the material and in the matters of money? Are you being shrewd in matters of Kingdom significance? Are you being faithful with what has been entrusted to you? Is God your master or is money your master? God knows your heart. Are you making excuses? Justifying yourself? The things that are highly valued among men are detestable in the sight of God.
O God, it is hard to surrender and yet so easy. Give me grace to release the things that are detestable to You and cling to those things that are eternal. Give me the wisdom to always clearly know the difference. In Jesus' name.