Plot Twist: Week 9 - Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Lord, you have given me so much in the way of blessings in this life.  Help me to read this Scripture with an open mind to help me be a better steward of what you have loaned me.  Amen  

Read: Luke 16:1-2 (NIV)

 “Jesus told his disciples: ‘There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So, he called him in and asked him, What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’”

 

Reflect:

The focus this week is about being good stewards of what God has so graciously given us.  The manager was wasting the owner’s possessions.  The Message states, “He (the owner) got reports that the manager had been taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses.”  This parable emphasizes that we are going to be accountable for what he has given us to manage. 

 I dealt with a situation like this.  We had a building clerical person who managed the student lunch and milk money that came in.   While she never intended to embezzle the money, she needed a cushion to cover some personal debt.  It was always her intent to put it back.  In fact, this is exactly what she had been doing.  It worked, as long as she could get it back before it was audited.  One week she didn’t have the funds to put back and she was caught.  She was turned in to the police and lost her job.

 Like this clerk, we don’t intend to waste or misuse the blessings God has given us to manage.  Maybe we rationalize that we will begin giving to the church when we have our debts paid off.  Our intent is not to shortchange God, but for many of us that day never comes and, as the manager in this parable and my clerk found out, there comes a day of accountability.  We will stand before him and he will say, “What’s this I hear about you?.......I want a complete audit of your books.” (2b The Message) There is only one way to avoid this and that is to make the best possible use of the resources God has given you.

 

Apply:

As we go through this week let’s evaluate how we are using the resources God has given us.  This means more than just money, it involves all that he has given you—your time, possessions, family life, eating habits, etc.  In areas that we are wasting what God has given us, ask his forgiveness and revise our management of those resources.

Closing Prayer:

God, help me become a better manager of the resources you have given me.  In your Son’s name, Amen.

Terry Schneider