The parable of the unjust steward!!!
He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’ “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him,and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So 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?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. …….. Luke 16:1-9
In our previous Study, we were looking at the attitude of the Elder Brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son. We noted that the Elder Brother was also a backslider and has a Wrong attitude towards the Father’s business.
Today, we shall be considering another parable where Jesus was trying to teach His Disciples to be wise in things of eternity in exactly the same way Earthly people are Wise in relation to things of time. Jesus says, ” The sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light”. We can paraphrase it as, “Worldly people are very wise when it has to do with Earthly things, Material possession, and the things of time, compare to the children of God who are not so Wise in relation to eternal things and the things of Heaven. When we see this as the point of the Parable, we can understand it better.
The master Praised Him for His wisdom concerning securing a place for the future. Not for his unrighteousness.
Notice what Jesus calls money and material things. He calls it, “Mammon of unrighteousness”. It is not the wealth of righteousness. It is the wealth of righteousness. It is as if Jesus is saying, “All money are dirty”. Money will always dirty our hands in one way or the other and we need to cleanse ourselves. Even when we have earned money specially, it is the same. Money has a way of corrupting us. That’s why we need to be always detached from Money. We are to use the money we have now to make friends for eternity so that when this money fails, those friends whom we have made will receive us inside eternal dwelling home in Heaven. The point of this parable is that we are now living on Earth for a short time, and how we must use our money during the time we are here before we are sacked(Die) from Earth. Before we leave this world, we must do one thing like this steward and that is, making friends for the future. Not with unrighteousness but this principle of making friends for the future by using money. How can we do that? If I use my money only for myself, I have made no friend for eternity. But if I have use my money for the spread of the Gospel to bring people to Christ, to build them up in the faith, to encourage them. If I use my home in hospitality and all the gifts that God has given me for blessing others so that they find a place in God’s Kingdom, for the spread of the Gospel in the world. And as a result of the money I have given, maybe some books were printed, maybe some tapes were distributed, maybe somebody went out with the Gospel and somebody was converted. I have assurance that the person that was converted and find a place in eternity will one day welcome me when I get to Heaven, saying, “It was your money that brought me into the Kingdom. This is what this parable is all about. Use your money to bring someone to Christ instead of spending it foolishly on yourself. I wonder how many believers are out there who have taken this Exhortation of Jesus carefully. Let us therefore say, “Lord, I want to use all the Earthly things you have given me for the spread of the Gospel so that others could find the way into God’s Kingdom. A time will come when we will all leave this earth, will there be people who will welcome and receive us in Heaven? Let us therefore make use of the opportunities we have now to make friends in eternity with our money. Let us be wise as children of God. The steward did what was in unrighteous to make friends for himself and secure a future accommodation. Let us also use the same principle and be wise to use the privileges and opportunities we have to make friends for ourselves when we get to Heaven.
Dear Friend, just like the unrighteous steward was called upon to give an account, we shall also be called to give an account of all that we have received from the Lord. We shall give account of all good he money, gifts and resources that the Lord has made available unto us. Will the Lord has to say to us, “The Children of this world are wiser than we are?” will the Lord has to point us to an unrighteous person to cite his Example? This is the time to make friends for eternity!!! This is the time to be wise in things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. May the Lord give us wisdom to make enough friends for ourselves before we are called up yonder to render an account of stewardship for all that the Lord has given unto us(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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The parable of the unjust steward!!!