He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. – Luke 16:1-3 ESV
Are you using your CURRENT situation to better the ONE TO COME? We have CHOICE and we have OPPORTUNITY on this side of ETERNITY that AFFECTS what happens to us, on the OTHER SIDE of eternity! This is such an interesting parable, it is hard to process because Jesus actually commends the SHREWDNESS of this servant in verse 8. He is NOT commending the ACT- which was deceptive, BUT HE IS acknowledging the wisdom of preparing for what is about to happen!
Leader, what we do with our TIME, NOW, decides what happens after we take our last breath. Once we have taken our last breath, our ACCOUNT gets zeroed out and we come to the ETERNAL CASHIER and our account is reconciled! In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus talks about WHAT and HOW to PAY IT FORWARD: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
Conduit, the only thing MAN-MADE that we will see in heaven is the SCARS ON JESUS! And we will be rewarded for ONLY that which we did in the NAME of JESUS, for the GLORY of GOD, and those things that GOD commanded us to do! At the conclusion of the 25th chapter of Matthew, 31-46, we read about the FINAL JUDGMENT! “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me’… And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food, I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’” The TIME IS NOW, live- LIKE IT MATTERS!