Valued, Luke 15-16

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 16:15

Jesus continues to teach and is trying to help the Pharisees understand the truth of God. The Pharisees genuinely believed that they were pursuing God, but Jesus wanted to help them see that they were trapped into valuing the things of this world rather than the things of the kingdom of God. There is an eternal economy. The currency or the eternal economy is much different than the currency of this world’s economy. The currency of this world’s economy has no value in the eternal economy. Truthfully, not only does it have no value, but the currency of this economy is also detestable to God. There is no way to worship and serve the currency of both worlds. It is impossible because the currencies are absolutely opposed to each other. I cannot love both currencies. Yet that is what living in this world tries to convince me is possible. It is not. I cannot live with a foot in each world. I must have a love for the eternal kingdom that causes me to detest the currency of this world. I must serve one Master with all my heart and soul, mind, and strength. The pressure to love what is valued among men is great. It overwhelms me at times. I must stay tethered to Jesus so that I can see clearly what it is that he would have me adore. May I value what is valuable to him!

Dear Lord, how often I get sucked into valuing things that are detestable to you. Arrgh!! It’s so hard! Help me. Draw me ever closer to you. Help me love the things that are valuable to you and detest the things that are not. Savior, rescue me! Amen.