He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.' And the manager said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' He said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' 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?' He said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 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. "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. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 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."
The parable itself, in which all the children of men are represented as stewards of what they have in this world, and we are but stewards. Whatever we have, the property of it is God's; we have only the use of it, and that according to the direction of our great Lord, and for his honour. Rabbi Kimchi, quoted by Dr. Lightfoot, says, “This world is a house; heaven the roof; the stars the lights; the earth, with its fruits, a table spread; the Master of the house is the holy and blessed God; man is the steward, into whose hands the goods of this house are delivered; if he behave himself well, he shall find favour in the eyes of his Lord; if not, he shall be turned out of his stewardship.”
Three lessons regarding money.
- How to view money in relations to others.
- How to view money in relations to self.
- How to view money in relations to God.
Jesus challenges his hearers in v11 to use our belongings or money for eternal purposes. If we are not faithful in the small matters pertaining to this world, if we do not use our property, wealth, money, energy and influence properly for the glory of God, we cannot expect that God will commit to us the true riches of his grace.
Be faithful to make eternal investments. You cannot serve two master. V13. God and Money. 'Choose you this day whom ye will serve..' Joshua 24:15
Here is a list of investors who invested all that they had to extend the Kingdom of God.
John 3:16 - The biggest investor, God invested in His people to Build up his Kingdom.
John 4:34 - Jesus invested – My food is to do my fathers will.
- New Testament examples..
Paul: 'for me to live is Christ and to die is gain'. Phil.1:21
Peter: 'We left everything for you'. Mark 10:28.
Epaphroditus: worked very hard till he almost died, Phil. 2: 25-30.
- O.T. examples...
Ezra: Building a temple
Nehemiah used his money, time in building a wall.
Q. - How are we investing our Life, Money, wealth, energy?
Bad example - Rich young ruler, whose possession had become his god not the God of all. Matthew 19.
Food for Thought Question 1: What is the difference Between Saving & Investment? Which is more biblical?
Question 2: How does one invest in
- Immovable properties.
- Talents & Skills.