Jesus tells us,
“For the people of this world
are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind
than are the people of the light.”
.- Luke 16:8
The people of this world
are those who are “devoted” to this world;
who live for this world only;
who are careful only to obtain and to provide for now,
and to accumulate possessions.
It does not mean that they are especially wicked and immoral, but only that they are “worldly,”
and anxious about earthly things.
The people of the light
are those who have been enlightened from above
– those who are Christians.
Those who “are” worldly – the people of this world –
show much skill and cunning in providing for themselves;
seize occasions for making good bargains;
are active and industrious;
never miss an opportunity,
and therefore are prepared
to exert themselves to the utmost to advance their own personal interests.
Our Lord wants us – the people of the light –
to apply at least the same ingenuity and effort as people who are worldly, when it comes to matters of the soul;
to the promotion of Christian spirituality and the spreading of the Kingdom of God; to being charitable and truly “Christian” towards others.
Where do I stand?
My Lord and my God,
I want to make You the center of my life.
Please forgive my lethargy and inaction
on the important matters of the soul
and of Your earthly Kingdom.
Forgive my utter self-centeredness
when it comes to worldly matters,
which are of so much less importance
Help me, Lord, demonstrate my enthusiasm for You;
Help me devote time and energy for You.
I love You Lord,
Please strengthen my resolve – for You