September 17

Luke 16:1-7

“So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ “ vs 2

When we hear Jesus’ parable of the dishonest manager it’s likely that we will be stirred to reflect on our own management of the resources that have been entrusted to us by God. Whether it’s our intention or not, each of us comes into possession of a considerable amount of wealth in the course of our lifetimes, probably enough to make us millionaires by the time we retire. So how have we done? Some are notoriously poor managers and squander what they’ve been given with foolish purchases and investments. When they finally are forced to make an accounting they’re embarrassed and ashamed and may discover they’ve joined the ranks of the poor and needy. Others will have acted shrewdly and multiplied their wealth exponentially. But the point really isn’t how much we’ve managed to accumulate, it’s how well we’ve used that which has been entrusted to us. God’s bottom line is not a number in our portfolio, but the blessings we’ve been able to generate with our wise and generous gifts to others. Prudent management of our wealth will always include distributions to those working to bring bread to the hungry and homes to the homeless. We may not be able to go to Somalia in person but our dollars can make all the difference in the world.

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