Jesus told what has been referred to as the Parable of the Dishonest Manager in Luke 16. The parable is about stewardship and the contrast between worldly wealth and genuine wealth. Jesus makes clear that we cannot serve two masters, both God and money. He said, verse 10 “Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.”
The teaching that follows the parable is striking. The Pharisees are identified as lovers of money and they were listening to what Jesus had to say about the parable. Verse 15 And he told them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.”
Let the phrase sink in. . .“For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.” A core value of the world is to be admired by people. The great temptation is to do what gets noticed and receive attention and accolades for it. Yet we can do what people greatly admire and be absolutely revolting in God’s sight.
The danger is great for ministers who are always out in front of people to do this very thing. We must continually seek God and ask him to check our hearts. Our greatest desire should be to please God who seeks our hearts. Make sure your core values are consistent with God’s core values.