Luke 16:13-15, No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
There were times in our Lord’s ministry when he wasn’t quite the “meek and mild” One that we have come to expect. This is especially true when dealing with the religious leaders of his day, and especially the Pharisees!
In the passage above, we can see very clearly that knowing Scripture, separated living, faithfulness to the “house of God,” and service in the name of God, does not automatically preclude us from the sin of covetousness (Luke 16:13-15). At least it didn’t for the religious leaders of Jesus’ day! Ask Jesus if knowing the Bible, separated living, faithfulness to church services, and doing good works, precludes you from the sin of loving money and a covetous heart. Jesus will shoot you straight on this one!
C.H. Spurgeon once said, “In all my life, I’ve been in a lot of testimony meetings, and I’ve heard a lot of people share how they’ve sinned, and I’ve had people come to me and make confession of sin; in my life I’ve never had one person confess the sin of covetousness to me.” Keep in mind, Charles Spurgeon had been around the block a time or two.
Love of money and covetousness might very well be called the subtle sins and surely the besetting sins of those of us who have grown up in a consumer culture that does all that it can to tell us we NEED MORE!
Just reflecting on those “red letters”– the words of Jesus!