What Are You Hearing?

“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.”  Luke 16:1

One of the most subtile sins that I deal with on a daily basis is the sin of gossip.  I often find myself, in the flesh, wanting to hear and to share gossip.  It’s kind of like hearing a siren blaring from a fire truck or a police car and you want to follow to just see what is taking place.  Sadly enough at the end of the road is always heart ache and sorrow.

This mornings More For Christ readings, Lk 16:1-18 gives us not gossip but a real story about the life of a man who was embezzling from his boss.  This man was hired to mange the properties of a rich man.  Apparently this man was charging more than what was fair.  The news began to spread and it reached the ears of the rich man.  So the manager is confronted with his sin and is told that he is going to be fired.

Shockingly he becomes creative in his deception and rewrites all the bills for his clients and now they are only going to pay half (Actually what they owed).  He did this to gain favor in the sight of the people so that he would get help from them when he lost his job.

As you read Jesus story, it takes a strange turn when the rich man commends this manager for his shrewdness.  The passage becomes even more strange when Jesus says, “And I tell you, make friends for yourself by means of unrighteous wealth.”  

One might think Jesus is encouraging us to follow the path of this manager.  But this is not the case.  What Jesus is teaching is simply, “We should be wise with our resources for Kingdom advance. We must become a people who serve others with the resources God has given us.  In this way, people will see the gospel being lived out and they will be receptive to the Word of God.”

Brothers and sisters this causes great evaluation in my life. I ask myself, “What am I doing with all God has given me?”  What are others hearing about how I handle God’s resources?  How are people spreading the news about my life?

This day I do not want to be known as a shrewd man, but a man who is sold out to Christ purposes for my life.  This day my prayer for you is that people who hear and share the story of how God’s impact on your life has transformed you from a grabber to a giver.

I would like to suggest a great resource to you from the hand-writing of Timothy Keller “counterfeit Gods.”  


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