Week beginning: 15th May, 2016
By St Albans | Andrew Myers
"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?"Luke 16: 9-12 (NIV)
Breach of fiduciary duty
The dishonest manager was commended for acting shrewdly. He had the foresight to use what he currently had for a short while (the ability to discount his (ex-) master's debts before the debtors discovered he no longer had authority to do so) to gain goodwill in the future.
Jesus encourages his disciples to do the same. All our worldly wealth is God's. It is "someone else's property", held by us. We are to have the foresight to use it for the short while we can "to gain friends for ourselves", in other words to help those in need, and those who need to hear about Jesus. Not to buy our way to heaven (no price would ever be enough, and anyway Jesus has already paid on our behalf). But when we do get to our "eternal dwellings" (by grace), those whom we have helped will thank us.
So let's use our worldly wealth in the way our Beneficial Owner in Heaven would want. The danger with this parable is that we focus so much on the dishonest steward's breach of his fiduciary duty to his master that we lose sight of our own breach to Ours.
- Recommit your "wealth" to the Lord and ask Him to show you areas in your life where you have held back from properly using this for God.
- Pray for boldness that you may be open to helping others this week, especially in sharing the good news of the gospel.