You Cannot Serve God and Money

There are times when we might hope Jesus wasn’t quite as clear as he is.

After telling a rather strange parable about an unjust steward, Jesus comes right to the point.

“You cannot serve God and money.”


What – no qualifications?  No conditions?  No legal loopholes?


You have to choose.  You can be mastered by money or mastered by the Master of the universe.

You pick – and you live with the consequences.

We might nit pick over a few minor details.  What do you actually mean by the term “mastered” Lord?

But, I think Jesus means what he says.  Ultimately, Christians are called to follow the Way of Life not the way of personal gain and worldly success.

Now here’s the good news…..

Jesus reminds us the TRUE riches of life are not of this world anyway.  They are the “peace that passes all understanding” and peace “not as the world gives,” but as only Jesus can give.

Maybe it’s not such a bad deal after all.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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