The Shrewd Manager
Main point: Jesus calls us to be as far-sighted with eternal matters as we are with our earthly concerns.
To what extent am I kingdom-shrewd with my finances? (vs. 8)
Have I used my income and possessions to gain eternal friends? (vs. 9)
Have I been faithful in the little so I can receive something better in the future (vs. 10)
Do not let money master you. (vs. 11-12)
Lesson #1: Use your worldly wealth to gain eternal friends that last forever
Motivation: The friends we have made with our worldly wealth will receive us into eternal dwellings
Application: Do I invest my income in such a way that there will be persons in Eternity who will be glad to receive me?
Lesson #2: One must be faithful with what we have if we are to be trusted with spiritual riches in eternity.
Motivation: Whether I have a little or alot, how does my spending reveal what is most important to me: Christ, His kingdom or someone/ something else?
Application: Does this purchase reflect my ultimate spiritual priorities?
Lesson #3: Do not make money your master, but bring yourself and everything you have under the mastery of Jesus Christ.
Motivation: Believe that Jesus has your best interests at heart when he tells you not to waste your money or your life. He is not trying to rob you, but to give you more joy by giving you more of himself.
Question 1: Is this the way I would spend my money if Jesus were right here with me right now (as in fact he is)?
Question 2: Is it the best use of my money, or is there someone somewhere in the world who needs it more than I do?
Question 3: Does it take adequate account of the world’s great need for the gospel?
16:1 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ 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?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (ESV)