Being faithful with the little!
Scripture reading for April 13th: Luke 16:1-18
It has been said that money makes a good servant but is a difficult master! Our handling of money and property is called stewardship. The Bible teaches us that we really own nothing here, but are merely stewards who manage these things for our Master, God. God owns everything! When we get ownership and stewardship mixed up, real trouble results.
Jesus told an interesting story that highlights these truths. “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.'”(Luke 16:1-2) The manager, about to lose his job, called in those who owed his master money and made a deal with them to settle the accounts for less than was owed. He reasoned that these debtors would then welcome him into their houses after he lost his job! This was a shrewd move, but not profitable for the master who was owed these debts!
“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 that are the people of the light. I tell you, use your worldly wealth to win friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:8-9) Jesus went on to apply this parable to his followers. Worldly wealth is viewed as ‘very little’ by God’s standards. We are called to be faithful to use the ‘very little’ God has entrusted to us: our money and possessions. We are to use them to further God’s kingdom and we will give an account to our Master, God.
When we let ‘money’ become our master, we are an unfaithful steward, no longer serving God. No man can serve two masters faithfully. (Luke 16:13) Either we fully serve God, or we serve ‘money’ when we make it our master. God will reward us with ‘true riches’ when we serve Him faithfully, an eternal inheritance that will never fade away. We will leave all our money and property here when we die or go to meet the Lord. Wise management for our Father while on earth translates into ‘true riches’ for eternity! Are you being faithful?