1 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. 2 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.’
3 “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. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 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.’ 8 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. 9 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.
10 “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. 11 If then you have not been faithful with the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful with that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 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.”
Last time we looked at the parable of the man with the two lost sons. When Jesus told that parable, he was talking to Pharisees and tax collectors and sinners, and I think his main reason for telling that parable was to correct the mistake that they were all making in thinking that God would accept the Pharisees and punish the sinners based on how well they kept the rules. The main point was that God’s love toward us does not depend on our performance; it’s all about His grace.
I can imagine the disciples hearing that and thinking “ok, so we don’t need to obey all these rules like the older brother for God to accept us, but it can’t be good for us to go out and devour our property prostitutes like the younger brother, can it? How are we supposed to live? Or does it really not matter at all?” I think Jesus is addressing those sorts of questions in Luke 16. He tells us that our actions in this life do affect what happens in eternity, and he tells us how to be faithful in this life.
I picked out 4 points to look at, but we only got through 3 of them on Sunday, so I think I’ll save the 4th one for later.
So firstly, I think Jesus calls us to be Shrewd Stewards, secondly we’re to be Shrewd Investors, and thirdly we’re to Spread the Wealth.
Next point: Shrewd Stewards >