“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13

Observation

Luke 16 makes us think about the relationship we have with our possessions and how we look at the poor or at people who have less than we do. Verse 13 brings it all to the point: wealth and possessions should be servants and not possess or control us.

Application

It`s very easy to put our trust in money or possessions as they seem to be so much more real than God. After all: we can see how much money we have on our bank account, but we can`t see God. But it`s also true that no amount of money can buy happiness and that when the worry about our possessions starts to control us, we become slaves of things which only should be servants. Greed is one of the most destructive sin, not only depriving us from experiencing the joy of helping and giving to those who have less, but also hardening our hearts towards God and people who have less. In the process we ourselves get dehumanized and lose what makes us humans truly human: love for God and compassion for others.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for being the generous giver of life and therefore of all our abilities and possessions. Forgive me when I don`t reflect your generosity. Help me to trust in you for all my needs and to cultivate a generous heart towards others. Amen.