Can people delegate small tasks to you and expect that it will be done? Can people trust you when you say you will do something? How great is your character? How great is your integrity? How great is your faith? To whom much is given, much is required! If you can’t be trusted with the small things you won’t be able to be trusted with the big ones. If you can be trusted with the small things then you will be able to be trusted with the big things. What is your focus? Are you focused on acquiring a bunch of earthly things? Are you focused on heavenly things? What are your eyes focusing on?
This morning’s reading starts with an interesting story…
The Shrewd Manager
1Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a servant who managed his property. The rich man was told that the manager was wasting his master’s money, 2so he called him in and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in a complete account of your handling of my property, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3The servant said to himself, ‘My master is going to dismiss me from my job. What shall I do? I am not strong enough to dig ditches, and I am ashamed to beg. 4Now I know what I will do! Then when my job is gone, I shall have friends who will welcome me in their homes.’ 5So he called in all the people who were in debt to his master. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6‘One hundred barrels of olive oil,’ he answered. ‘Here is your account,’ the manager told him; ‘sit down and write fifty.’ 7Then he asked another one, ‘And you—how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he answered. ‘Here is your account,’ the manager told him; ‘write eight hundred.’ 8As a result the master of this dishonest manager praised him for doing such a shrewd thing; because the people of this world are much more shrewd in handling their affairs than the people who belong to the light.” 9And Jesus went on to say, “And so I tell you: make friends for yourselves with worldly wealth, so that when it gives out, you will be welcomed in the eternal home. –from Luke 16
Do you seek true riches? Do you seek things that are temporary or eternal? You looking for a short term gain with long term pain? Or you looking passed the short term pain with a vision for the long term gain? Are you in for the instant gratification? Are you looking to the greater things that take time and effort? Can you be content with what you have? Can you be content with where you are? Can you be content? Are seeking God’s touch rather than just financial gain? Money isn’t bad, however, the love of money is the root of all evil. Don’t replace worshipping God by worshipping money! Are you living life as an ambassador for forgiveness? Don’t allow bitterness to rob you from the blessings of God! Don’t believe the lies and excuses why you can’t forgive, but rather forgive everyone so God will forgive you! Is living in bitterness worth losing God’s hand over your life? Last night, Pastor Jenkins preached an incredible message on this topic. (I will post my notes soon.) Realize those things that people have done to you will help you to be elevated and promoted. Forgive them and get rid of that bitterness!
This morning’s reading continues speaking to us with …
1Those who are slaves must consider their masters worthy of all respect, so that no one will speak evil of the name of God and of our teaching. 2Slaves belonging to Christian masters must not despise them, for they are believers too. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their work are believers whom they love.
False Teaching and True Riches
You must teach and preach these things. 3Whoever teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the true words of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching of our religion 4is swollen with pride and knows nothing. He has an unhealthy desire to argue and quarrel about words, and this brings on jealousy, disputes, insults, evil suspicions, 5and constant arguments from people whose minds do not function and who no longer have the truth. They think that religion is a way to become rich. 6Well, religion does make us very rich, if we are satisfied with what we have. 7What did we bring into the world? Nothing! What can we take out of the world? Nothing! 8So then, if we have food and clothes, that should be enough for us. 9But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires, which pull them down to ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. Some have been so eager to have it that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows.
–from 1 Timothy 6
Not sure what to do? Not sure where to turn? Confused and needing wisdom? Wanting to avoid doing the wrong thing? Want to stop the repetitive things that keep hurting you and others? Turn back to God! Turn to His Word for wisdom! Call out to Him! Pray continually! Do you want to be wise? What direction will you choose?
Today’s Word continues right into the book of Proverbs…
Wisdom and Stupidity
1Wisdom has built her house and made seven columns for it. 2She has had an animal killed for a feast, mixed spices in the wine, and set the table. 3She has sent her servant women to call out from the highest place in town: 4“Come in, ignorant people!” And to the foolish she says, 5“Come, eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. 6Leave the company of ignorant people, and live. Follow the way of knowledge.” 7If you correct conceited people, you will only be insulted. If you reprimand evil people, you will only get hurt. 8Never correct conceited people; they will hate you for it. But if you correct the wise, they will respect you. 9Anything you say to the wise will make them wiser. Whatever you tell the righteous will add to their knowledge. 10To be wise you must first have reverence for the Lord. If you know the Holy One, you have understanding. 11Wisdom will add years to your life. 12You are the one who will profit if you have wisdom, and if you reject it, you are the one who will suffer. 13Stupidity is like a loud, ignorant, shameless woman. 14She sits at the door of her house or on a seat in the highest part of town, 15and calls out to people passing by, who are minding their own business: 16“Come in, ignorant people!” To the foolish she says, 17“Stolen water is sweeter. Stolen bread tastes better.” 18Her victims do not know that the people die who go to her house, that those who have already entered are now deep in the world of the dead. –from Proverbs 9