Luke 16:1-13 – “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.” NKJV
Yes, that is a lot of scripture to include in a devotional that I desire to add comments or message. In traveling throughout the nation and the world, I have become painfully aware there are some subjects few want to touch. I truly believe that if we want God’s Divine Blessings we must get in God’s Divine Order and follow God’s Divine Principles. What I’d like to address, as is evident in my text is STEWARDSHIP and FINANCES. I realize that some might consider that meddling, so call me a meddler and let’s proceed. If we want God’s Best we need to follow God’s order.
In both Testaments, we are taught that God is the OWNER, POSSESSOR, and GIVER of ALL THINGS to man. We are taught that believers, in particular, are receivers and therefore charged to be stewards of all they have within their oversight. They are responsible to God for EVERYTHING! That brings me to our text and the story contained therein.
STEWARDSHIP could be defined as “the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities, and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a Trust from God to be used in His Service for the Benefit of His Kingdom.” If we accept that definition or description we will understand that we have a “Divine-Human” Partnership in which God is recognized as the Senior Partner. It is a WAY OF LIVING where God’s OWNERSHIP is recognized over all our possessions and our very lives. It is our responsibility and duty to faithfully use and care for those to be used for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom in this present world.
I believe it is a fact, impossible not to recognize, that all believers are responsible and accountable to God for everything! God desires to develop the Owner-Steward Relationship between Himself and His people. LIFE is what we have received. TIME is what we have been allotted. TALENTS are what we have been given to use. POSSESSIONS are what has been entrusted to us. FINANCE is what we have labored for. Please, hear me, God IS the Giver, Possessor, Owner, and Rewarder! Man IS the receiver and steward and is responsible and accountable to God for what we do with what we have received. Man may use, abuse, and even lose what has been entrusted to him but the Faithful will be rewarded. In a very real sense, Man is a Trustee of what belongs to God!
Okay, that will have to serve as an introduction and foundation for what I desire to relate so with that we pause until next time. I only ask that you carefully and prayerfully consider who you are and whose you are and as you open your hearts to Him I know His blessings will flow. May the Lord richly bless you as you embark on today’s journey in Christ Jesus our Lord!