He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10
I have heard people say that money is the root of all evil, thinking they are quoting scripture. The truth is that the Word of God says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” (See 1 Timothy 6:10) If you continue reading in that passage you will also read that when you covet or chase after money, you will bring many sorrows on yourself. In the end, money is not evil, it simply takes on the personality of the one who possesses it. Money can be used for good, and it can be used for evil. Like all inanimate objects it is a tool and becomes or turns into whatever you exchange it for or use it for.
Today’s scripture reading in Luke 16 is about an unjust steward. He is a man that has an occupation overseeing another man’s accounts and businesses. When the employee finds out that his master is unhappy with his performance, he calls in those who have debts to his employer and discounts them so that he can be on their good side and ask a favor in return when he is in need.
The part that is hard for me to understand is when the owner calls the steward in to give an account, he actually gives the unjust steward a compliment because he dealt shrewdly or cleverly in his position. Verse 8 says that people of the world are wiser when it comes to handling money than people of God’s kingdom.
Many Christians believe that the way to be a good steward with money is to scrimp and save to accumulate all you can, but a faithful steward according to this passage makes friends with their funds. This would imply a spirit of generosity and not stinginess. God wants us to be generous with each other and with those that need help in the world. This is the way to win others over as friends and to the saving knowledge of Jesus. When we use the income and goods that we have been blessed with to bless others, then we are truly stewarding what has been committed to us from our Father in heaven.
According to this passage, we have to be faithful in working for others before we will be entrusted with a business, ministry or other resources of our own. This explains why some people get stuck in a place of employment that they are completely dissatisfied with. Because they are unhappy with the way the organization that employs them is managed, they do not do their best. They are simply just trying to get by. Now there is no faithfulness for God to find them in and they cannot not move beyond the level of mediocrity because of a bad attitude and pride.
Today I want to encourage you to be a faithful steward. Be faithful to do your best work where you are whoever you are working for. Even if you do not like the way some things are handled, be determined to do your best because of who you are as a child of God, not because or who your employer is. I also want to encourage you to be generous with everyone you know and meet. You represent the kingdom of heaven wherever you are in life. Begin today to be that faithful child in all your ways. From work habits to generosity, let the kingdom of heaven shine through you in all you put your hand to. Be shrewd with your finances and the world around you by showing them how good your Father in heaven is by how kind and generous you are. Let all your money and resources take on the personality of God’s kingdom and you will truly be entrusted with true riches from God your Father.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 16:1-13
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 say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”