HOST: Ron House
He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
This parable of Jesus is one of the most difficult to understand. This is partially true because He uses a dishonest and unworthy steward to illustrate a principle applicable to His disciples. Notice that the steward is not commended for his dishonesty (he is still dismissed for being dishonest), but rather for being prudent and shrewd. He was able to use the physical things at his disposal to provide a comfortable living for himself. In His interpretation of the story, Jesus makes the point that those of the world are often wiser in their earthly dealings than those who belong to God. The underlying point of this parable is pretty simple. Jesus is attempting to teach us about the importance of being good stewards of our earthly things. Just as the steward used his master’s things to provide security for himself, we are to use the things God has blessed us with in such a way that we are storing up riches in heaven. Certainly, we are not to do that through dishonesty and treachery, but rather through prudence and wisdom. May God help us to be good stewards for Him!
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