Welcome back to day two of the series Jesus I want to love you more! I am so very glad that the Lord saw you through another day and you found your way back here. Remember to pray for understanding and wisdom as we do this study.
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,
Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
WHO WILL YOU SERVE
Money, money, money, money! We live in a culture that revolves around money. What does money mean to you? What place do you give to money in your life? Does money have its rightful place? Are you prideful about how well you manage your money? How do you make the decisions about the use of your money?
Is God the manager of your money? Who would you say that you serve, God or mammon? As you consider your reading from Luke 18 today, what are the key points that Jesus makes and those phrases that prick or prompt your heart? If nothing really pricks your heart, ask the Lord to give you greater understanding of His ways.
What is Jesus communicating through the parable in Luke 16? Think about how you can apply what Jesus is teaching through it.
Pray and ask the Lord to bring a great abundant harvest from sowing mammon (money) (and I will add we are sowing it to the glory of God) If you have been “investing” in the gospel, may you see a great return on your investment, not only now, but in eternity as well.
My Own Thoughts
Today a small blessing happened that involved this tool we call money. The Lord directed my steps and put me where I needed to be in order to receive a small but welcome blessing. It came in an unexpected way, from the least expected place and went under the radar for most of the day. This ordinary angel listened to the Holy Spirit and her gracious gift went as far as she knows unappreciated. However, I am here to say I noticed and more importantly the Lord noticed your kindness. In the strange event that the Lord leads you to this Bible study and to this post, know that the day you gave a gal a break and let her pass on the late fee because she was a day late… forgive my inability to get out of my own head. It may have taken all day… but I noticed and you have no idea how you blessed me today! May I be able to do the same for someone else. Until next time beloved, stay blessed and stay peculiar!