In our parable this week, Jesus teaches about what it means to be a faithful and generous steward of the Kingdom in this present age. Jesusâ€™ Kingdom Discipleship teaching has included in the last few sermons on the Gospel of Luke what it means to love God and neighbor, how to pray, how to live with a strong faith in light of the imminent return of Christ, and why God seeks and saves repentant sinners.
In the parable commonly known as The Parable of the Dishonest Manager, Jesus teaches what it means to be a shrewd Kingdom Disciple with our money, our checkbooks, our investments and all of our possessions. In light of our future eternal dwelling with God (v. 9), we must consider whether we live faithful in our giving and our handling of Godâ€™s money. Sometimes the sons of this present age show more shrewdness and prudence when considering their temporal futures than Christians do when considering their eternal future (v. 8).
Although this message can be very challenging for wealthy American Christians, it is something that we must face head on as those who are called by the Name of Christ. Let us consider this prayerfully and carefully and allow it to sober all of us up with regard to money. This passage is part of the great demands that God has of his disciples that can be achieved in reliance upon the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.
Pastor of Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, VA. Been a preacher for over 15 years; been pastor of KCPC for 8 years. Graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Ordained in Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Married to Margaret Ann for 20 years and...