Reflections on Treasuring One Master – Luke 16:1-15

 

We so badly want to believe that mammon has no power over us, no authority of its own. But by giving the descriptive unrighteous to mammon, Jesus forbids us from ever taking so naive a view of wealth. We must be more tough minded, more realistic.
– Richard Foster

Our hearts have room only for one all-encompassing devotion, and we can only cleave to one Lord.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To give away money is to win a victory over the dark powers that oppress us.
– Gordon Cosby

Property [and wealth] is neither a sin nor an absolute right, but a loan from God, a sacred trust.
Joy Davidman

Private property keeps its value only as long as this earth lasts. True treasure can only be stored up in heaven. Jesus himself brought the treasure of heaven to us
by coming to establish a lasting kingdom, in which we have an inheritance. In fact, Jesus says, little children your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. That kingdom inheritance is a relationship with the King – his very presence. Jesus is the treasure we must value above all others.
– Edmond Clowney

When we truly treasure our eternal inheritance, we are transformed in three specific ways: We work diligently, give generously, and live simply.

In 1974, 2500 Evangelicals from around the world gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland for the first International Congress on World Evangelization.
At the end of this congress, the delegates forged out and signed the Lausanne Covenant. Part of that covenant read as follows:
“Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple lifestyle in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism.”
Let us all take a hard and honest look at our lifestyles and galvanize ourselves to live before others the life-style of Jesus that values people above property, caring above careerism, selflessness above self, and giving above getting.

 

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