Luke 16:1-8 – The story The steward used money to build better relationships and a better future!
Luke 16:1-8 – The story The servant is not commended for his dishonesty. The servant is commended for his resourcefulness. “because he had dealt shrewdly”
Luke 16:1-8 – The story We should be like that. Believers should emulate “the disposition, foresight, and savvy” of unbelievers “without adopting their morality”. TGNT Commentary p. 308
Luke 16:9 – The point “Unrighteous mammon” NIV = “worldly wealth” Money and other material possessions. “Fail” Probably = die
Luke 16:9 – The point We should use money and other possessions to build eternal friendships.
Luke 16:9 – The point “…The believer should use what he has in this life in the service of God in order to assure rewards in heaven” Ryrie
Luke 16:9 – The point At least part of the reward is eternal relationships! How do you build those? Notice the theme of relieving indebtedness. 16:1-9
Luke 16:9 – The point We build eternal relationships by… • Using money to care for unbelievers • Giving to missions/Christian organizations • Giving to church • Helping others materially, especially those who are in need spiritually
Luke 16:9 – The point How are we at everyday things like… • Tipping? • Paying for the meals of unbelieving friends? • Helping those in need, especially those who are the focus of spiritual need?
Luke 16:9 – The point We can help relieve the spiritual indebtedness of others by using our resources to build eternal relationships.
Luke 16:11-12 – The possibilities It’s important to do this right! This does not mean… • Not taking care of our obligations • Doing this without knowledge and consent of significant persons in your life (spouse/parents)
Luke 16:11-12 – The possibilities Money is unimportant eternally, but it can be eternally significant if used correctly. Matt. 6:19-21 – motivation! 1 Tim. 6:10, 17-19 – use money for eternal significance!
Luke 16:11-12 – The possibilities It is a common theme to use your resources to build your future Luke 14:12-14
Luke 16:11-12 – The possibilities Do we demonstrate such stewardship of our resources now that the Master can entrust greater responsibilities later in the Kingdom?
Luke 16:13 – The impossibility A spiritual believer cannot have divided loyalties. Either make your money serve your purposes or you will serve money.
Luke 16:13 – The impossibility Use money as a tool for God’s purposes.
Luke 16:13 – The impossibility There are many people who are indebted to God. We can build relationships in such a way as to bring them to Him. We can use money as an instrument to build eternal friendships!
Luke 16:13 – The impossibility We can be agents of God to help relieve their indebtedness and create eternal relationships! Or is money too important to us to give up?