It's been said that if you ask anyone, regardless of their economic status, how much more money they would need to be happy, the answer will always come back "A little bit more." This bit of proverbial wisdom is two-edged. On the one hand, it shows that at root we all operate as though money increases our well-being. At a certain level this is a true statement, as we would all agree that it is better to be rich than poor. Christians especially may balk at saying that out loud, knowing that Jesus didn't usually have nice things to say about wealth and the wealthy (at least that is the perception). Yet our efforts to alleviate poverty surely testify that we believe poverty to be a negative thing. That's where the other edge of the statement comes into play. It shows that however we operate, we know that money does not ultimately make us happy, satisfy us, or solve our core problems as humans. Into this most basic of human experiences (the real and perceived lack of resources), Jesus intrudes. In Luke 16 he speaks directly and bluntly (I daresay impolitely) to the nature of wealth and how we interact with it. Far from simply condemning wealth, however (which we might expect), he points back to how disciples, subjects of His kingdom, operate in a way that is better. I pray we come this week to be challenged anew by our "Impolite Savior."
Questions to ponder: 1) How much is too much? 2) How would Jesus react to the last three purchases you made? 3) What purpose does your money serve?