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11/11/2013

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"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches" (Lk16:10-11)?

Today's verses follow an interesting one of Jesus' parables. It is called the Parable of the Shrewd Manager. It is one of the parables in which Jesus uses a dishonest person to get across a positive message. The shrewd manager, although he was dishonest, was able to use the means at his disposal to plan for his future well-being. It is of little wonder that people that are motivated by high ideals, are sometimes irritated when money enters into their decision-making. That being said, material things are intricately woven into the fabric of life. Economic power is all about money, but we see it abused all too often. Food for nourishment, homes for shelter and clothing for warmth, all require money. People just cannot live a bubbled life in which they are separated from material considerations. It is impossible to embrace a godly life without addressing our relationship to what we own. Jesus, in this parable, made something crystal clear. Christians do well when they use material things as wisely as those who are worldly-minded. If this sounds a bit crass, lets remember that there is a larger picture than just the life we live here on earth... Lest we think the relationship between a person's possessions are relegated to this parable alone, lets not be fooled. Jesus devoted a great deal of His time teaching His disciples and us about the use of material things. Lets see... There's the Rich Fool of Lk.12:16-21.... The Parable of the Talents in Matt.25:14-30... The Rich Young Man of Mk.10:17-22... As I see it, the only reason that Jesus spent so much time teaching about a person's relationship to what they own, is that it must be very important as it pertains to godly living. It is simply unavoidable that when Christians make decisions about how they will serve the Lord, money soon enters into the discussion. Maybe it would be good to explore this a bit more....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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