Then Jesus said to the disciples… Luke 16:1a
Something shifts as we move from this chapter to the next.. Jesus turns to the disciples and tells them the story of the dishonest manager.
The Lord is now speaking directly to you, Sister Disciple.
Imagine you’re sitting or standing with the other disciples as He turns to talk to you. You’re privy to his story first-hand. The word has entered the atmosphere and rested on your soul. What He says is captured by an internal recorder in your soul.
What was deposited will be withdrawn years later. Luke will interview you, and you will remember what could not be forgotten. You are the eye-witness to the Son of God.
What is Jesus teaching us?
Honestly, I had to read and re-read this parable three times. And I read it out loud.
Is what was relevant in Jesus’ day relevant today? Unfaithful managers manage our local stores, restaurants, auto shops, police forces, and even the government. They shrewdly handle their responsibilities for the bottom line and the more significant profit.
In any field of work, a manager is expected to be honest and forthright. She is liable to the Law of the land and the ledger honest.
How do we manage our assets?
How do we manage our home, jobs, and marriage as sister disciples? What would Jesus witness if He watched us as wife, mother, teacher, laborer, housekeeper, or server?
Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and whoever is dishonest in a very little is also in much. Luke 16:10
This principle is true, period. If you’re a believer or not, you are expected to be honest and faithful:
- There are riots in the streets because a police officer devalues a man’s life.
- A bank clerk fired for embezzling.
- A governor impeached for mismanagement
- A lawyer imprisoned for graft.
Will the wealthy Christian please stand up?
If we’re disciples for wealth, we’re in the wrong place. If we’re Christians for significant gain, we need to think twice.
No slave can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Luke 16:13
So, wisely choose what you will do today?
Every man, woman, and child will be her accountable – the faithful and unfaithful alike.
Jesus challenges us to examine our motives and our loyalty to Him even with a bit of amount. The disciple trusted with a little will be trustworthy with a lot. Material things are not our master.
When Jesus returns, will He find us faithful?
Will He find us, good stewards?
Human nature is as human nature does.
People worldwide expend great effort, time, and money on hobbies, smartphones, and entertainment. But, how much more effective will we be for the kingdom of God if we expend that much effort on our spiritual maturity.
Possessions, in and of themselves, are not a sin, but what we do them will make a difference. We belong to Lord exclusively and not exclusively to what we own. Serving God is no part-time job; we choose to serve the Lord exclusively.
He is worthy of our trust today, tomorrow, and future.
In the Lord, we do what we do not because we ought to but because we love Him wholeheartedly.
The disciples turned to learn from the Lord, the Pharisees ridiculed Him, and the lawyers checked to see if what he was teaching was legal. But, of course, they didn’t want to know because they loved money.
Jesus could not be silenced.
He walked up to them with new words directed to their heart. The followers of the Law were not what you would expect. Wealth was their priority and the Law their tool. Money is not the problem, but the love of money is a sin.
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. Luke 16:15a
Our sins will find us out.
Suddenly, Jesus disrupts our thoughts on money to speak of marriage. I can’t tell, but I can only speculate that someone in the crowd used marriage to gain wealth in a dowery. Love of money and ill-gotten gain isn’t right.
God knows our hearts. We steward our money and manage our assets reveals something about our character.
- How healthy is our view of money?
- Do we understand everything we have is given?
- Do we believe that we belong to the Lord?
As for us, we belong to the Lord.
We belong to the Lord in sickness and health, in richer and poorer, until death brings us face-to-face. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
In the proverbs of Solomon, a wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but righteousness brings deliverance from death. The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but He denies the craving of the wicked… Proverbs 10:1-3
We are privileged to have the word of God and capture His voice. May we continue to live.He is breathing His word in the atmosphere of our room and the inner recesses of our soul.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Col 3:16-17
How Now Should We Live?
Prayerfully go about your home, and as you roam from room to room, gratefully thank the Lord for everything you see. Boldly open your closets, refrigerator, pantry, and garage. Thank the Lord for His provision.
Now take your checkbook or open your bank app and look at God’s provision. Your income and outcome belong to the Lord.
Now get alone, in the Secret Place, thank Him, and ask Him how you can be a good steward and a faithful manager of all He’s given you. God is the Maker of the money maker.