Vs. 1, “Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.” The rock band ACDC coined the phrase, “Money talks”. Did you know that Jesus talked about money more than any other topic? Scholars break it down to 1/6 of the time! Having worked in the banking world for many years, I concur that money has been a very hot topic. Having just finished the story of the prodigal son wasting away his father’s inheritance, we see Jesus give another parable on money (vs. 1-15). Why would Jesus comment a dishonest money man? Because this man realized the prospect of a bad future and acted shrewdly (wisely) to ensure he would be treated fairly later on. If Christians would do likewise with our faith, we would be better of as well. We then move on to the Rich man and Lazarus (notice how Luke did not address this as an actual parable). When death came knocking at the rich man’s door, it was then that he realized the folly of his ways (vs. 19-31).
Regarding application…What Do You Value? Vs. 15, “He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” Question: What was it that is detestable in God’s sight? The love of money. We cannot love both God and money. Yet, many foolishly think both can be achieved in this life. I confess, there was a time that the allurement of financial success fell upon my heart. I was working at a bank and moving up in the ranks. I owned my own house and could see a very comfortable life. I justified the success with the fact that I was still serving God in the local church in part-time ministry. However, God knew my heart and by His grace he drew back to Him. Perhaps my heart was a bit like Jonah’s who wanted to flee from obeying God’s will in my life. It’s always a wise think to ask ourselves what do we value in this life? Because as Jesus so aptly told us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21.