GOSPEL LIVING

Saturday November 10,2018

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Philippians 4:10-19   Psalms 112:1-2, 5-6, 8, 9   Luke 16:9-15

9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. 10 "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 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 mammon." 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him. 15 But he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Meditation: The dishonest manager behaves kindly with the debtors of his master. Rather it is a prudent action from the manager to be ousted. Jesus uses this parable to speak about faithfulness even to little things. If one cannot be faithful to ordinary things who will entrust true riches to that one? Therefore honesty even to the least thing in life is necessary to a successful life in the future. In this parable the highest beneficent are the debtors. Their debt has been cut short. In fact in this parable the master is satisfied because he has removed the manager. The manager is also happy because he has secured a future in the company of the debtors. Third party is also happy because their debt has been cut short. The underlying factor is the deed of the dishonest master. The fact is that he has behaved with fore sight. Poor getting a relief is one of the standouts of this parable. However faithfulness is the highest point of the passage. We are very good at worldly matters but in spiritual matters we are not that ardent or using our energy. We must show more interest in doing the word of God. We also cannot serve two masters. Either we must be with one or despise the other. In our world we may be doing two things at a time. But with regard to our love for God we cannot deceive him. If are unfaithful, then no part in him. Therefore the parable compels us never to go away from God.  

Bro. Anoop