Luke 16:14-18 When the Pharisees, a money-obsessed bunch, heard him (Jesus) say these things, they rolled their eyes, dismissing him as hopelessly out of touch. So Jesus spoke to them: "You are masters at making yourselves look good in front of others, but God knows what's behind the appearance.
What society sees and calls monumental, God sees through and calls monstrous.
Grace, peace and love to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, liberator and sustainer.
Are you familiar with the saying, "All that glitters isn't gold?" Likewise, all that seems shabby outside isn't inside; looks can be deceiving.
Just remember, all that glitters isn't gold!
When I was a kid, about 10 years old, I got my first gold necklace. I thought I was the cats meow. The "gold" necklace was purchased with my own money from the jewelry department at Value City and I couldn't wait to let it shine. However, after a couple of weeks of bling and 24/7 wear, including shower time, in concert with the gold necklace, I also had a green neck. Oh well, so much for that "fool's gold."
All that glitters isn't gold!
These are the words and the warning from Jesus, talking to the church folks of his day. The church leaders loved to trounce around in their Sunday best, drive around in their Bentley's and convince everyone their wealth was a tangible sign of being, "Blessed and highly favored." I mean if you look like a million bucks you must be worth a million bucks, right?
Not so for Jesus. All throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus stressed the understanding that a persons' worth was not measured by their wealth or connected to their societal status. Simply put, a person's worth was not found in their credit score, 401 k, savings account, home value, zip code or designer names on their derrieres. A person did not increase in "value or privilege" if they had the whiter skin color, proper sexuality, acceptable gender identity, moral marriage arrangement or legal papers. For Jesus, a person counted because from God all people were created.
Our worth is inherent just in the truth we are created in the image of God (Imago Dei). Our worth comes from the truth that we are human BEINGS and NOT derived from human doing but God's doing through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Allow your sense of self-worth and self-identity to flow from your inner-self that is your heart and soul; a movement going inside-out. The external realities of our lives and realities are always in a state of flux when our bodies break down, shoes get worn out, credit cards get maxed out, housing prices drop, jobs move overseas, loved ones depart or younger and affordable replacements are found in our stead.
Yet, when your worth is deeply held and flowing from the love and grace of God, no matter what occurs externally we are led by the internal connection we have to the eternal love and grace of God through Jesus.
All that glitter's isn't gold. However, God's love and grace is nothing but pure gold!
Love, Pastor G