And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it is all gone, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings…..No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth……” And He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of people, but God knows your hearts; because that which is highly esteemed among people is detestable in the sight of God.” Luke 16:9, 13, 15 NASB2020 https://bible.com/bible/2692/luk.16.15.NASB2020
God pulls no punches with us in His warning to us to not love money, especially more than Him. First, God tells us to use money for the purpose of blessing others so that when our money is gone we may be blessed by others. The blessing from others will come either on the new earth when we hear of the fruit of our giving from the lives who received our gifts to God or on this earth as those who received our gifts now then help us in our time of need thus earning their own eternal reward. In either case, giving is the purpose of gaining so that all are blessed, the recipient now at their point of need, and the giver eternally for living like God Who gives generously to all. Second, God calls money something unrighteousness. We love money, we believe it to be the answer to all our problems. God believes money to be the greatest inhibitor toward us loving Him first and most. God warns us that we cannot serve Him and money, we will either work toward wealth on this earth or we will work toward wealth on the new earth. Time and effort can only be spent once, God warns us to spend our time pursuing Him and His business first, and most, lest we lose our eternal souls using our time to pursue temporal wealth. Finally, God reminds us that what we esteem so highly He abhors. We love money, He despises money. Money is a useful tool, a necessary tool for doing the work of God in the world but its love by men has corrupted nearly all men, in the church and outside the church, and is therefore to be handled with great care. God despises what we esteem when we esteem things greater than God and money is our primary idol. We must work hard to pay our bills, but we must give generously and hold loosely our excess focusing our greatest time and effort on seeing God’s kingdom come and God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven lest we find ourselves missing heaven altogether.