The way of the kingdom is different from the ways of the world. In the world, we are taught to value earthly things such as money, power, and fame. In the kingdom of God, such things are of little value. Therefore, to grow in the kingdom, we must learn new values.
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at him. 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.
Pastor John’s Notes:
From the time we are born, we learn to value worldly things. We are told that if we have enough money or excel in our place of work or achieve notoriety, we will find fulfillment. We often fail to notice that some of the people who excel at these goals are largely unhappy and tend to make a mess of their lives. Jesus’ declaration is harsh to hear at first: what people value God detests. As we progress in our understanding of the kingdom, we begin to see the value of spiritual things over material things. Treasures of the kingdom such as love, grace, contentment, and peace cannot be purchased with a credit card. Amazon does not deliver them overnight. But God is ready to bestow them as gifts to anyone who asks for them.
Gracious Lord, I confess that I have loved the things of this world at the expense of the true treasures of your kingdom. Show me how to correctly value the things of this world. Help me to see the greater value of the spiritual gifts you are willing to give.