stew•ard•ship: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care
Jesus in chapter 16 is speaking concerning wealth but more importantly our stewardship of what He has given...
He begins by speaking to His disciples
But in verse 14 the pharisees get involved
Jesus gives some very pointed teaching and contradicts what is common in the thinking of man
Stewardship = God Taking My Money (Tithing) WHY GIVE???
Not because God needs it… Psalm 24:1 (Just like we sang this morning)
Not because the church needs it… “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail!”
Not because the pastor needs it… in fact i am going to give away $100.00 to help illustrate something...
Let me illustrate what I am trying to convey… (pull out cash)
Have someone come up… If I give you my money $10 would it be difficult for you to give away $1 to someone else?
It is pretty easy to give something away that isn't yours isn't it!?
You and I are created in His... IMAGE!!! God is a giving God… When we give, we become more like Him!
Think about that as we go through this chapter…Luke 16:1-9
Perspective on Wealth
There are multiple ways to possibly understand this parable…
I tend to lean with those who see this manager/steward giving up his portion in order to please his master.
The steward has sacrificed what he could have taken now and has given it to others so that he can receive gain later.
Jesus Has a desire for His followers/disciples to have a heart like God’s stewarding our money and gifts He gives us with both the short and long term views in perspective!!!
Luke 12 where your treasure is there your heart will be also
Money is not evil but as Paul states in 1 Timothy 6:10
Jesus is not stating that money or having wealth is wrong, rather what is your heart, how are you using it for His glory
Money cannot go with you, its value and effectiveness is limited to your time on earth…, how will you use it for others…unselfishly
Luke 16:10-15 give us truths we are all familiar with yet have such a hard time implementing into our lives...
Truths to Live By...
As a steward/manager of His riches… faithfulness is key!
Money… Time… Talents… Family… Others...
How can God trust you with “True Riches”!!! Kingdom service to God and others!
Joshua as they enter the land challenges the people… “choose this day who you will serve” you and I are always serving someone or something… WHO will it be!?
Jesus states clearly… “you cannot serve two masters” … “You cannot serve God and wealth”
Notice Jesus does not say you cannot be wealthy and serve me…
However the rich ruler he would speak to would find this impossible.
Zaccheus on the other hand would find great joy in serving God with his wealth
These are wonderful truths and lessons on money and wealth for Jesus’ disciples listening and they are just as good and relevant if not more so today for you and I… HOWEVER… the pharisees were listening too Luke 16:14-18
The Heart of the Matter
Folks… God knows and sees the heart!
These Pharisees were lovers of money!
They equated wealth with righteousness!
They were not keeping up with the Jones’ they were the Jones!
Feeling self justified by impressing men...
These brothers were rich.
They were also wicked.
Both lived a wild, unprofitable existence, using their wealth to cover up the dark side of their lives.
On the surface, however, few would have guessed it, for these consummate cover-up artists attended the same church almost every Sunday and contributed large sums to various church-related projects.
Then the church called a new pastor, a young man who preached the truth with zeal and courage.
Before long, attendance had grown so much that the church needed a larger worship center.
Being a man of keen insight and strong integrity, this young pastor had also seen through the hypocritical lifestyles of the two brothers.
Suddenly one of the brothers died, and the young pastor was asked to preach his funeral.
The day before the funeral, the surviving brother pulled the minister aside and handed him an envelope.
“There’s a check in here that is large enough to pay the entire amount you need for the new sanctuary,” he whispered.
“All I ask is one favor: Tell the people at the funeral that he was a saint.”
The minister gave the brother his word; he would do precisely what was asked.
That afternoon he deposited the check into the church’s account.
The next day the young pastor stood before the casket at the funeral service and said with firm conviction, “This man was an ungodly sinner, wicked to the core.
He was unfaithful to his wife, hot-tempered with his children, ruthless in his business, and a hypocrite at church.… but compared to his brother, he was a saint.”
You see we serve a God who is far more concerned with the heart than going through the motions… Christ illustrated in an unusual way...
Divorce...Some Pharisees took a loose view of divorce.
It was acknowledged that a man should not commit adultery.
But if a man wanted another woman, many of the Pharisees condoned divorcing his present wife for no good reason and marrying the desired woman.
In this way they thought adultery did not take place.
However, as Jesus pointed out, this was a perfect example of justifying themselves in the eyes of men but not being justified before God
Martin, J. A. (1985).
In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.),
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol.
2, p. 247).
Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
The Pharisees prided themselves in their faithful obedience to the Law of Moses, but they did not receive the Saviour of whom Moses wrote!
Jesus once again reiterates the importance of listening to His Word… This Life is temporary…Luke 16:19-31
Life is Temporary
Our status in this life does not indicate our spiritual status and is nowhere near as important as our place after this life
Notice the rich man has no name only recognized for his wealth / buried it ends
Lazarus remembered and oh how the tables turn / carried away by angels
Notice that even in the life after the Rich Man treats Lazarus as lower class
Realizing his eternal state he does not want his brothers to come there… Hell is eternal!
They have Moses and the prophets… the Word of God LISTEN!
Send someone from the dead!
They will not hear, they will not listen…EVEN if One Rises From the Dead!
As Luke records for us this story, the ones reading this would recognize this to be the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Himself… the Son of God!
CHURCH… it should be a joy for us to give, to give up things, pleasures, our hold on wealth, because you and I are created in the IMAGE of God, called to be imitators of Him as His children,
WE GIVE because He gave the greatest gift of all… His Son Jesus Christ to pay the debt you and I owed for our sin!
HE OWNS IT ALL!!!
HE PAID IT ALL!!!
AND HE DESERVES OUR ALL!!!