Plot Twist: Week 9 - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Lord, I know you have so richly blessed me.  Please help to understand how I can better use what you have provided for me.  Amen

Read: Luke 16:3-4 (NIV)

 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.”

 

Reflect:

What a day this manager was experiencing!  He was living the good life, making a good living and boom, his inflating of his business account got him in trouble.  Because of his sloppy habits, he didn’t have any reserves to tide him over until he could get another job and he definitely didn’t want to do manual labor because it was beneath him. 

So, he did what he should have done in the first place.  He looked for the best way to manage the accounts that were under his care and get a good return for his employer.  The Reformation Study Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible both indicate that what he did was not illegal. Because he was going to have to give a full accounting, he probably did one of two things.  He either reduced his commission or brought the price of the product more in line with what the owner’s actual costs were, making both the creditor and the owner happy.  Jesus is not commending theft but using wise judgment to plan for the future.   

Several years ago, when I was on staff at a church, we were dealing with a family who was constantly in financial need.  It wasn’t that they did not have adequate income to support the family but there was a lot of mismanagement on their part.  The leadership of the church grew tired of their constant appeals and stated the only way the church would continue helping them out was if they would agree to financial counseling.  Their counseling became my responsibility as the church administrator and after a long period of time we were able to get them on a sounder fiscal lifestyle. This is what God wants for all of us.

Apply:

To be good stewards of the resources that God has given us we need to plan for the future.  This is not easy in this day and age of “easy credit” but it has to be done.  Take time to review your situation.  Are your credit cards maxed out?  Do you have adequate medical insurance?  Have you started your retirement savings?  Setting up a plan is not an easy task and many lack the skills.  Pathway Church periodically provides a very good resource for developing a strong financial plan for your family. The faith-based program, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, is offered at the church and everyone who has taken it has commented that it made a major difference in how they felt about the future, financially and spiritually.  It provides good guidelines to follow in making the best use of the resources God has provided.

 

Closing Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I am ashamed to say that I have not always made the best use of the blessings I have received from you.  Help me do a better job of using them in the future.  Amen.

Terry Schneider