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  Week 1 - THE LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH  
 
 

Let us be clear about this - the Lord is Lord of Heaven and Earth and so he owns everything. Yes you, your toys, your gadgets, your time, your money, your possessions, your treasures, your family, your friends , yes everything He ownÖÖHe is the Lord!

 
 
  Day 5 : Lord of My Wealth  
 
 

Luke 16:1-15
1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
2 So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'
3 "The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg--
4 I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'
5 "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6 "'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'
7 "Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' "'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'
8 "The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
13 "No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money."
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
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.


v8 The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

v9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

In context, Jesus uses the parable of the shrewd manager (steward) to illustrate how mismanagement of money led to the manager losing his job and then making some very unusual decisions to try to keep himself from losing everything. Despite the unethical nature of the manager's actions,

Jesus found a few ways to commend him.

In the parable God is the "master" who owns everything and we are the shrewd "steward"

What meaning do you derive from verse 9?

v10-12 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?"

In what ways have you been "trusted with much"? How does this verse challenge you to handle what God has entrusted with you today?

v13 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

Jesus could have chosen any number of idols or temptations to illustrate how the world can be our master. Why do you think he chose "money" (can be translated as "wealth")?

If we are guilty of "loving" money, how does Jesus teach it affects our relationship with God?

14-15 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight."

The Pharisees were the "keepers of the law" in their day. Similar to disciples today, they expected people who called themselves religious (Jews) to live out their faith. Despite being the most committed and zealous people of their day, Jesus noted that they "loved money."

As "committed" and "zealous" disciples of Jesus, we may fall into the same traps that the Pharisees did in their day.

What key principals from today's scripture apply to your life?