This Sunday we’ll hear another parable Jesus told the Pharisees “who were lovers of money” and ridiculing him for teaching that you cannot serve both God and money. And the main character is the ultimate lover of money.
“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.” (Luke 16:19)
“At his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores (Luke 16:20–21).”
Little does this rich man know that he is about to meet his Maker and learn firsthand just how true it is that one cannot serve both God and money. As Fred put it two Sundays ago, we are all living in a very temporary economy and how we steward what God has given us now has eternal implications.
Junior Jamreonvit will be preaching Luke 16:19-31 and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And take time before Sunday to read this parable and ask the Lord to speak to you through it. And turn these words of Paul into prayer for yourself and for our Grace family.
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life (1 Timothy 6:17–19).”
See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!
Song Link of the Week
Let It Be So with Your Church by Caroline Cobb
Let us go with our Lord to the margins
To the broken the poor and the lost
By His Spirit we’ll push back the darkness
Let His church take up her cross
Let it be so with Your church oh God
We are Your hands and feet
As Jesus bent low to serve in love
So with us let it be