November 15, 2015

Luke 16_13

Luke 16:1-13

Our society encourages people to continually look for ways to get ahead. Beating the system means living an easier way of life. Of course, this means the Master’s wealth is often misused. Satan often tempts us to put faith in our ability to manipulate others in the hope of gathering, by any means possible, enough to ensure our personal comfort. Yet Jesus calls us to act differently.

We cannot serve two masters; we cannot serve God and wealth. As sure as we try, we end up turning away from the things of God and looking after our own self interests. We hold on tightly to what we have, sharing it only with those who we feel deserving of our generosity. Doing this, we forget the nature of God’s mercy and grace.

Thankfully, God does not judge us on our ability to earn his grace. We cannot even begin to work off the debt of our sin but, through Christ Jesus, God’s grace is freely given. The forgiveness of our sin is undeserved and in no way appropriate for us to receive, but God gives it any way. Ours is to be equally gracious, living for the sake of our neighbor.

Prayer: Look upon me with mercy, O Lord, and give me a heart for love alone. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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