The True Riches

If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Luke 16:11–13, ESV)

The sixteenth chapter of the book of Luke starts with Jesus talking to his disciples about 'a rich man who had a manager' who was accused of wasting the rich man's property.  The rich man tells the bad manager that he wants to audit the books.  The bad manager thinks about it, and after deciding that he is too weak to do labor, and to ashamed to become a beggar, decides to call all of the rich man's debtors and negotiate to get their debts paid off.  For instance, one man owes 'a hundred measures of oil' and he says 'write fifty' and so everyone pays up.  He figured that if he was nice to all these people, then someone would be nice to him once he lost his job.

As the story goes, the rich man finds out about what the bad manager was doing, and the rich man 'praised the dishonest manager for being so clever' and it appears he got to keep his job.  Then Jesus continues and makes an interesting comment.  He says,

“... it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light.” (Luke 16:8, NLT)



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