thinking about later


devotional post #2009

Luke 16:1-9

Luk 16:1 He also said to the disciples, “There was some rich man who had a household manager, and was informed of accusations that his manager was squandering his assets.
Luk 16:2 So he called the manager in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in the ledger of your management, because you can no longer be my manager.’
Luk 16:3 Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my employer is taking my position away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m too ashamed to beg.
Luk 16:4 I know what to do so that when I am put out of management, other people will welcome me into their homes.’
Luk 16:5 So he contacted his employer’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my employer?’
Luk 16:6 The man replied, ‘A hundred measures of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’
Luk 16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man replied, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
Luk 16:8 The employer commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly. Because the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries than the people of light.
Luk 16:9 And I am telling you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, so that when it runs out you will be welcomed into the permanent households.

thinking about later

This parable is one of a number that use money management as a metaphor for spiritual vitality. The important thing to keep in mind for the dishonest manager is that he thought about his current assets (his management of the rich man’s household account) and he applied those assets to his future situation as being soon unemployed. The rich man in the later parable did the opposite. He never thought about his future state. In fact, he thought it would remain the same after his death. If the rich man of Luke 16:19-31 had taken the dishonest manager’s wisdom to account, he would have taken care of Lazarus, and thus gained a friend in “Hades.” Neither of these are true stories, but as parables both remind us of the wisdom of thinking about later instead of always focusing on today. Today can be deceiving.

LORD, give us the wisdom to invest our todays in what we will need for tomorrow.


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