The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. Luke 16:10 NABRE
Jesus is telling a parable about a dishonest steward. The steward has been cheating his boss and is caught. He has to make an accounting to the boss of what has been spent and owed, knowing his dishonestly will be revealed. In order to be owed favors the steward goes to those who owe the boss and reduces their debt arbitrarily. Doing this he hopes will set him up for a safety net once he has lost his job completely. Jesus incudes although this steward is dishonest, he is prudent, he is creative in finding ways to save himself from ruin. While Jesus indicates that the person trustworthy in small matters is trustworthy in greater and the person dishonest in small matters is dishonest in great ones, He is complimenting the steward for this one creative aspect. On the one hand Jesus calls him dishonest and on the other prudent. The steward used the wealth of the boss to save himself. It is a way that Jesus expects wealth to be used, to attain true reward. True reward in the parable is to attain eternal life.
We can also see a message about using someone else’s wealth to attain true reward. Treating wealth as a means to an end, rather than attaining wealth as an end is Jesus’ view of wealth. If we think wealth is the goal we are serving the wrong God. Resources and wealth are things we use while making our way in life. We should look at them as gifts from God. Once we move to the next life these resources will be left behind for someone else to use. If we are faithful stewards we will always share what God has trusted us with, so others may live.
Do you look at your “stuff” as owned or loaned? How do you use your wealth?Treating wealth as a means to an end, rather than attaining wealth as an end is Jesus' view of wealth. If we think wealth is the goal we are serving the wrong God. Click To Tweet
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