Scripture--Luke 16-Luke 18
Observation: The Parable of the Dishonest Manager has always puzzled me, and honestly, it still does. I mean how can someone who changes debts (seemingly lies) rewarded? I've read commentaries that say that the Rich Man was just happy to get something. And in fact the rich man seemingly was mad that manager was lazy, not dishonest. But then why does Jesus praise us for using dishonest or wicked wealth? Shouldn't we try to have "good" wealth.
But that's the problem! Jesus thought all wealth was wicked. In fact the word for wealth--Mammon--was the name of one of the biggest rival gods. People were worshipping Mammon, and so do we. But Jesus promises if we use Mammon faithfully, then God will trust us with more. Not more wealth--bigger and better things! More responsibility! (Maybe even more things we see as challenges!)
Application: Our Challenge today is simple, Jesus says, lets try and trust you with wealth, lets see what you can do! How faithful will you be with what you've been given!
Prayer: Lord, let us never forget who we serve. Where we have been lazy, forgive us and help us to be hardworking. Where we have been dishonest, forgive us and help us to be faithful. Where we forget our place, forgive us and help us to remain humble. Thank you for the the forgiveness you promise! Amen.
June 28-- Luke 19-Luke 21
June 29-- Luke 22-Luke 24
June 30-- John 1- John 3
July 1-- John 4-John 6
July 2-- John 7-John 9