Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/19/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Bunker Hill UMC
Russell Otterbein UMC
Hays District
Russell Trinity UMC
Hays District
Sharon Springs UMC
Hays District
Long Island UMC
Stockton UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 16:1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly, for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If, then, you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Today's Devotional

Being Americans and Christians, we are all too familiar with the balance of living the balance between saving for our future and giving to the poor.  Or this idea of serving two masters, faith and wealth.

Television and other media tell us we should strive to save for a rainy day but spend to help our economy grow, but the Bible asks us to give all that we have, especially to those who have less than us.

The word that comes to mind in verses like this is "Contentment." 

Should we be content as Christians, what does it mean to be a content Christian when it comes to finances, and is it ok to be successful in life yet give away most of our wealth? 

What does it mean to you, your family, your church, and your community (work, etc.) to be a content Christian?

Prayer for Reflection

Holy and ever-loving God, help us reach for your type of contentment in this world rather than the contentment the world tells us we should reach for. 

 

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