Tuesday, March 13
Who Do You Serve?
Day 24—Read Luke 16
A few years ago a popular YouTuber named Johal decided to conduct a social experiment. His goal was to see who was more honest and compassionate—those who appeared to be rich or those who appeared to be poor. The video showed Johal pretending to be blind person in possession of a winning lottery ticket. In each case persons appearing to be homeless were more honest and compassionate with Johal than their more well-off counterparts. Embarrassingly, those appearing to be white-collar professionals attempted to steal the lottery ticket each and every time.
Now, some may argue that this experiment isn’t valid because of the small sample size and lack of scientific controls. Those criticisms, however; do not pertain to the research conducted by Dr. Paul Piff. In an experiment conducted for his doctoral dissertation, he found that people who made $150,000 or more per year were four times more likely to cheat for the chance to win $50 in cash than people who made $50,000 or less.
While these findings are certainly disheartening, they reflect a truth Jesus teaches His disciples and a group of money-loving Pharisees in Luke 16. He tells them that: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” This is a hard but foundational truth. We love what we serve.
As we ponder this truth, that it’s impossible to serve God and our stuff, in light of the reality of human selfishness and depravity, let’s remember the call of Jesus. He calls us, in this passage and others, to put our hope in the provider (God) not His provisions (money and stuff). To put our hope in God, not in wealth.