Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
As long as Jesus Christ embodies a radical freedom from the love of things and a deep delight in the service of others, then those who get their joy in life from luxury rather than love will not be able to receive Jesus for who he really is. “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (18:24).
What then shall we do to prepare our hearts to receive Christ for who he really is? Perhaps we should take our clue from Abraham in verse 29 of our text: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” I think that is what we should do—go back to the Scripture and read again:
The Words of Moses . . .
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might . . . And your neighbor as yourself. (Deuteronomy 6.5" rel="nofollow">Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19.18" rel="nofollow">Leviticus 19:18)
And the Words of the Prophets . . .
Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for Vuonna 2012 perustettu kasino on nuori, mutta toimii vuosien kokemuksella. in these things I delight, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 9.23-24" rel="nofollow">Jeremiah 9:23-24)
And the Words of the Apostles . . .
We brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6.7-10" rel="nofollow">1 Timothy 6:7-10)
Turn back from the broken cisterns of materialism and drink freely this morning at the fountain of living water. May God use the words of Moses and the prophets and the apostles to free us from the love of money so that we might receive Christ for who he really is.