Jesus on Stewardship

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“Use the world’s resources to build relationships and help others.” Luke 16:9

Eyewitness: pp. 167,168
In your Bible: Luke 16:1-13

Jesus uses several parables to teach about stewardship. In Luke 16, He uses a story of a manager and a rich employer to show how the world functions. Then he explains for all of us what God desires in stewardship.

An employer was about to fire his manager when he discovered this employee was dishonest. The shrewd manager correctly feared he would lose his job. It was the only work he could do. So the shrewd man went to each debtor, discounted their bill and brought in that amount. He made himself valuable to them and his boss.

What Jesus says may surprise us. “The rich man praised the dishonest manager for his creative solution, because the people of this world are more clever in their dishonesty than the godly who do right.”

He goes on to give the key to right stewardship for the believer. Jesus said, “Here is the point: Use the world’s resources to build relationships and help others.”

He amplifies this teaching in the following verses probably more familiar to us:
Those who are faithful in small concerns, will be faithful when much is at stake.
He who is dishonest in petty matters will be dishonest in what is most important.

If you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with heaven’s riches?
If you cannot be trusted with what belongs to others, who can trust you to do right with what you own?

Application: Much to ponder here. Wealth itself is neither good nor bad. In fact, Jesus says wealth can have good use in the world. The believer is to make good relationships, help others in need, and be faithful in all things.

Prayer: Father, guide me by your Spirit to be faithful, to be a good steward of what you give me, to do justly, and to walk humbly with you.

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