The Crafty, Unjust Steward:
Jesus spoke in Parables to encourage thought, wisdom and understanding. While Jesus did not commend the dishonesty of the Steward, it is certain Jesus intention is to show how the children of God, should be wise in preparing for the future.
Parable of the Unjust Steward:
In the Parable of the Dishonest Steward, as the story goes… the Steward knew he was about to be sacked, so he made adequate plans for the future (Luke 16: 1-9).
The Children of God Put to Shame:
God’s people are put to shame by the men and women of this world.. While the godless are swift, clever and crafty in the way they handle their resources, the children of God are often found slow, wasteful and wanting with the bounty of resources given to them. They place no value on them.
Preparing for Heaven:
How wise are you in preparing for what God has promised? What resources has God placed in your hands for the Kingdom? The Crafty Steward was wise enough to prepare for the future. He prepared for a time he could not see. How wise are you in preparing for Eternity? Remember there are rewards for faithfulness (Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12) and punishment for slothfulness (Luke 12:47-48, Luke 16:11).
A Clear View:
Time and resources spent in view of Eternity, is time and resources spent well. With a clear view of Heaven, you will build God’s Kingdom, using your time, energy and resources to do so.
Possessors of Heaven:
Heaven is a place of Eternal value. If you win souls, you are wise. If you prepare for Heaven, you are wise. If only you have divine vision as a pilgrim, stranger and sojourner on this earth…
A Free, but Valued Gift:
Eternal life is a gift, you receive freely. It is a gift of great value. How you live your life is an indication of your hope, your expectation, and what you believe. It is a divine privilege to be a child of God, it is an honour to build God’s Kingdom, it is wise to win souls, It is wise to prioritise spiritual matters.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field…” Matthew 13:44 Selah…
© Ruth Dickson
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