In the entire chapter of Luke 16 we find Jesus speaking directly to the issue of money and possessions. Knowing the Pharisees put a high value on their personal wealth (v. 14-15), Jesus speaks directly to the implications this attitude will have on their eternity. We shouldn’t simply read this passage as just a warning to the Pharisees. We too have been prone to struggle in the area of money. We too are in need of a reminder that we can’t serve two masters.
Luke 16:13 (NLT) 13 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
I’m not sure if you’ve ever been in this situation, but I’ve had the opportunity on a couple of occasions to work at a business owned by a husband and wife. Listen, I’m not saying that I loved one more than the other, or that I was devoted to one more than the other, but I am saying, It’s really hard to serve both! Especially if their opinions are different.
Such is the case of what Jesus is communicating here, God and money are diametrically opposed and their opinions are different. We can choose to serve money, but when we do that we’re choosing to serve ourselves and don’t leave room for God.