The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:14-15
In today’s verses the Pharisees once again take offense at what Jesus was teaching. They were lovers of money and put the pursuit of money before the pursuit of God. But money is not the only thing we can place before God. Too often we put the pursuit of things before all else. A popular saying in the 80’s was “he who dies with the most toys wins” but wins what? In the end we all end up with six feet of dirt covering our dead body. Nothing we accumulate on earth will do us any good in the grave.
We constantly seek newer cars, bigger houses, vacation homes and the newest gadgets. There is nothing wrong with having nice things or a lot of money but when we put these things and money before our relationship with God then we have a grave problem. At most none of us will have more than about 110 years of life. Now that might seem like a long time but as I approach 65 years next January I can tell you that the years fly by. As I write this we are almost halfway through 2015 and it seems like we were celebrating the New Year yesterday.
Eternity however will last forever and we need to make sure we will spend eternity in the right place. If life just ended and all we have after death is the grave than maybe we have no worries. But life goes on after our earthly life is over. Do we spend eternity with God or apart from Him? The choice is ours. The key is that choice has to be made here on earth. Once we are before God for the judgement it will be too late to ask for a do over.
Don’t be like the Pharisees and spend what little time you have running after material things. Spend your time running to God and then you will have something that will never rust or rot or become devalued. Salvation is a forever gift from God to each of us. All anyone need do is accept God’s gift.
Have a blessed day,