One of the best ways for the devil to get us off track is when he gets us confused on values or the things which truly matter. He is the master of lies and deception. When we begin to place more value on worldly things than on those which God has identified as crucial and of an eternal nature, then we have started to lose our way.
In the context of our scripture, Jesus has just finished telling the parable of the dishonest steward which taught that it wasn’t money which mattered but how a person put money to use. The Pharisees were scoffing at Jesus about this because they loved money - in other words, they had the wrong values. Jesus rebukes them (v 15) by observing “that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” This demonstrates that what God values and what the world values are light years apart!
> People value money while God values treasures in heaven.
> People value power and control while God values liberty and free will.
> People value position and fame while God values service and humility.
> People value lust and sexual license while God values love and sexual fidelity.
> People value self-indulgence and pleasure while God values self-control and real blessedness.
> People value their own rules and narrative while God values His word of truth.
> People value self-preservation at all cost while God values the saving of souls for eternity.
Whose values are yours? Have you bought into the value system of the world, or do you embrace the values of the Lord? In the end, it will make all the difference.