Bible Trek 2016 - The Prudent and Faithful Steward

Luke Chapter 15 portrays the love of the tri-one God, seen in the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to look for the one lost sheep, the woman with a candle searching for the one lost coin, and the Loving concerned father waiting patiently for his prodigal son to return home. We see the out pouring of God’s love, in the Son (Jesus) as the shepherd, the Spirit as the woman, and the Father; all earnestly caring for one lost sinner repenting and coming to salvation. The amazing thing seen is the over whelming joy in heaven and in the presence of the angels over just one sinner turning his heart and believing in God. Continuing in the context of this parable, the Lord gives the disciples another parable regarding a prudent steward recorded in chapter 16:1-13. He first unveils his deep love for mankind seen in chapter 15, and then tells his disciples to be prudent to make friends with unrighteous mammon. The Lord says that the sons of this age are more prudent in their dealings with their own generation then the sons of light. The steward was unrighteous in that he squandered his master’s possessions and was called to give an account. This caused him to act prudently regarding his master’s debtors. This speaks to us that even though we are not righteous with all that the Lord gives us that is with our money, our time, and our lives we can still act prudently to gain sinners for the kingdom of God. To act prudently, we can redeem our possessions to bring the gospel to unbelievers; such as our relatives, friends, colleges, neighbors, and those we encounter. The Lord said: ”No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon “(v.13). We saw last week, the Good Samaritan bound up the wounds of the one beaten and left to die and picked up the tab for any expenses needed to recover such a one to health. We can also care by shepherding and providing spiritual food, as seen in Matthew 24:42-46, which says: “who then is the faithful and prudent slave, whom the master has set over his household to give them food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.” Luke 12:40-46 records the same response from the Lord regarding the faithful and prudent steward. May we be so loving and wise to use all our resources and possessions to care for the unbelieving; to make them sons of God. Certainly we will experience God’s love and joy in such employment!