Luke 16:15 – He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”
“No servant can serve two masters,” Jesus told the people, “You cannot serve both God and money.” Jesus was using money as an example here, but really this applies to anything that we might put before God. What we must realize that it is not about the object itself, but about your attitude toward it.
If you have put anything before God it becomes detestable in His sight. Jesus uses the example of money, but you know what it is in your life. It could be cars, or houses, or friends, or your spouse or even the church. All these things are good in and of themselves, but the moment you put them in front if God they become sin in your life.
In this passage Jesus talks about how people justify themselves in the eyes of men. Men can view only outward appearance. So what Jesus is saying is that just because you do look good on the outside does not mean you are good.
You can do all the ‘right’ things, but do them for the wrong reasons, and those ‘right’ things will be wrong. Sometimes it is hard to understand how this all works. It’s not so much about the action itself, but the heart behind it.
Really what it comes down to is that God wants your heart. He wants you to put Him before everything else in your life. When you do this all of your actions will be pure because they will be based out of Love for God. You cannot serve two masters. It is time to make a choice. Who will you serve?