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READ: Luke 16:1-12

REFLECT: Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9

As a kid the Beatles imprinted an important truth into my otherwise rhythmically challenged mind: "Money can't buy you love." While I know that is true, in the above verse Jesus expanded my thinking. He implied that the way we use our personal possessions can impact people for eternity.

The world teaches us to use people to gain things. This way of thinking implies that people are simply a means to acquire more worldly possessions. God’s economy is completely opposite. Jesus’ followers use things to gain people. As believers we can use our resources (our time, our talent, our treasure) to build relationships that are eternal.

I know a guy who uses his season tickets to build relationships with unchurched friends. I know another family who has designated a bedroom for visiting missionaries. There is a mom who opens her backyard to kids in the neighborhood for Vacation Bible School . . . kids who never had the opportunity to go to Sunday School, and there is someone else who sets a place at the table for friends who haven’t, as yet, met the Lord.

In this world of exploitation, the only thing that lasts is relationships -- our relationship with God, and our relationship with people.

By Doug Kyle, Lead Pastor at Green Valley Church. Send feedback to doug@greenvalleychurch.com or comment on this blog post.

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