Money Matters (Part 1)

Posted on July 21, 2021

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Money Matters (Part 1)

And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.  I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall 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 else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:1-13

Our text speaks to one of the most dangerous pitfalls for the unlearned concerning money and earth-centered riches. Instruction in the principles of custodianship is commonly applicable to both children of God and children of this world, but the folly of the children of God is they willingly see their endpoint as being the same as that of the children of this world. O child of God what informs your focus? This is why 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, 16 delineates different types of wisdom so you can ask which one drives you.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned…For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14,16

The steward (typed as children of this world) in our text failed the test of custodianship but passed the test of laying aside in his perceived end point. Sadly the children of God fail both. This is the object of our admonition today, a call to awareness for all who consider themselves children of God. Do not fail like the Pharisees in verses 14, 15 of our text who could not discern that what was an abomination to God was the object of their self worth. Selah.

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