Read Luke – Chapter 16
As he heads for Jerusalem, Jesus knows his time with his followers is short, so he is making the most of this trip to teach more about living in God’s upside down Kingdom: connecting with God, connecting with people and connecting with his mission. Chapter 16 hits on each of these.
Using a parable of a shrewd manager, Jesus taught about two kinds of wealth: money and things that have eternal value. To have a proper perspective of material wealth, we need to understand that it all be belongs to God. He entrusts it to us and we are responsible for how we handle it.
Money is a powerful force in our lives. It can get in the way of our Kingdom living. It’s easy to shift our sense of security from connecting with God to the balance in our checking accounts or portfolios. It’s easy to prioritize finances over connecting with people. It’s easy to be controlled by money rather than harnessing it for good and connecting with his mission.
How do you handle wealth? Do you view it as something you own or a gift that you steward? As security or a tool to be used? Do you pray about financial decisions, asking how God wants you to use it?
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