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Dishonest Manager – 5.31.20
May 31, 2020

Dishonest Manager – 5.31.20

May 31, 2020

THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD

THE PARABLE OF THE DISHONEST MANAGER.

There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.  So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

(Luke 16:1-9, NIV)

THE FIRST SEVEN WORDS – “There was a rich man whose manager …”

  • “Do we see ourselves as the or the .”

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

(Deuteronomy 8:17-18)

  1. If you are a disciple, you are on the for the kingdom of God.
  • Can God you?
  1. If we think we are the of all we have, we’ll constantly struggle to understand how can be a .
  • Money makes a great , but it is a terrible .

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

(Jim Elliot, Martyred Missionary)

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

(Luke 16:10, NIV) 

  • Generosity is never about we have; it’s about of our God has.
  1. is a joy when you are spending .

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

(Luke 16:10-13, NIV)

4. Begin with the in .

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

(Luke 16:9, NIV)

  • What we do with the wealth God has given us to manage .

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

(1 Timothy 6:17-19, NLT)

 

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