Luke 16:11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Read: Luke 16:1-13
still on the road to Jerusalem with the crowds
singles out the disciples for particular attention
Person(s) being questioned:
question primarily for the Twelve but all within earshot could profit from hearing/thinking/answering
applies on some level to anyone who can “hear” with understanding
Question behind the question:
several “layers” of significance to the story/parable, summary questions, Jesus’ conclusion: personal responsibility, faithfulness, loyalty, value of spiritual vs. temporal, living in the moment while planning for the future
If you do not take responsibility with temporal things, why should you be trusted with more important things?
If you are not faithful in one part of life, how can you be expected to be faithful in other parts of life?
If you are content to live for the moment, what hope do you have for the future?
not necessarily a question that required spoken response – more important to give sufficient thought to what Jesus was getting at
Pharisees thought they knew the answers… and that Jesus was wrong – believed they figured out how to have God and stuff
property manager in the story makes several of Jesus’ points – was not responsible with either his or master’s stuff, why he had to scramble
pink slip changed his relationship with stuff: he became master of it, using it to purchase a commendable outcome
1. need to be acting responsibly (demonstrating faithfulness) in all areas of life if we expect God to entrust us with more/greater spiritual treasure
2. first loyalty must be to the right thing, all other things should serve the first thing
3. are some things God’s people can learn from “the sons of the world” – need to keep the good points, discard the rest
be sure are taking responsibility seriously for what has been entrusted, whether temporal or spiritual things, acting/living faithfully across the board
loyalty must be to God first, “mammon” must then serve our service to God – making us more useful, gaining advantages for the Gospel
need a “plan” for when the “mammon” runs out – using/managing resources most wisely in the moment so that they are producing results in next life
be sure are doing our part/best we can to live in such a way that God willingly entrusts greater spiritual treasure to us for our use