“He said to them, You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15
Jesus just talked about being faithful with a little and being careful how you handle worldly wealth. His point was to not love money. The Pharisees were upset with this statement.
Very directly, Jesus points out that the Pharisees were in the wrong and God knew it. They try to make themselves look good and justify all of their actions. They would enforce people to pay tithes and offerings in the name of building the ministry, yet it was more to fill their pocket books and own desires.
These types of actions can be seen even today. There are ministries out there that are constantly talking about needing you to give more and more. Often it is to build a bigger church building, or redecorate the current one.
It is not that some of these needs are actually needed, but is it always God’s desire? Is it building the kingdom of God or is it building man’s kingdom?
Jesus stated that what is highly valued in man’s eyes is detestable in God’s eyes. Man values large beautiful buildings, large titles and positions, large bank accounts, and anything that looks good.
God values humility, service, love, compassion, and a heart that seeks Him and Him alone. Your life should be one that seeks to lift God up and build His kingdom up. Use the things of this world for that purpose.
You can gain the entire world and all that it has to offer, but it cannot give you true peace or eternal life, and you cannot take it with you.
God’s heart is to draw all people to Him, to save every man, woman and child. Is your heart the same way? Do you desire to be a witness to every person you meet? Value today what God values.
I pray today that God will fill your heart with His desires; that you will learn to value what God values; that you will desire to point others to Jesus; that you will use the things of this world to build God’s kingdom; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.