7694 - Stewardship

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In Luke 16, let’s look at some words by Jesus about stewardship.

First, I will read Luke 16:1-13 then we can discuss it:

Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, `What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'

"The manager said to himself, `What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg-- I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'

"So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' "`Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.' "Then he asked the second, `And how much do you owe?' "`A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, `Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'

"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?

"No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money."
In this story, which Jesus relates to the disciples the chief financial officer of a rich man was fired. He was told to close out the books and prepare to depart.

This alarmed the manager. He was a desk man. He could not dig or hoe or tote big loads. What could he do so that he would be welcomed into the homes of the master’s clients where he might find hospitality and care?

He formulated a plan. Of course, it was unethical, but since he was still on the job he could make a deal to please the clients and get onto their good side. He would have each client reduce their bill of debt.

Make no mistakes, this plan is not approved by God. It is an illustration of how deals in the world system are carried on.

The master commended the shrewdness of the financial officer. Notice, the master did not approve of the unethical dealing, but he did find the plan of the manager to be clever. He even makes comment that people of the world realm are more shrewd or cunning in dealing with their own kind than are people of the kingdom of light.

The implication is that the people of the kingdom of light have more absolute standards of conduct, which govern their actions; thus, they could not be participants in such shady deals.

Did you notice when the test of character comes for people? It is when the resources are limited. Will I look to God’s guidance and supply in the test, or will I revert to the shrewdness of the world?

Jesus says that if a person is trustworthy with little then he can be trusted to be the steward of much more.

Look at another truth given by Jesus: if a steward is faithful over worldly resources given to him to manage, then he can be trusted with spiritual resources — true

For believers, this instructs us to use some of what God has given us to get acquainted with people. Among these friends will be people who need to know and trust Jesus, so we may have that privilege of introducing them to Jesus as Savior. Then if they depart earth before we do, they will be present in heaven to welcome us. What a great use of our resources.

This passage forbids believers to be enamored and captured by the love of wealth. Let us take heed.