Each year, our church takes some time to consider what we are doing with our financial stewardship in impacting our world with the gospel. I was greatly encouraged by Pastor Paul’s message last Sunday evening as we asked the question from Matthew 6: “Am I A Heavenly Hoarder?” As a follower of Christ, I must regularly ask myself whether I truly am leveraging my time and finances for the Kingdom of God.
In Luke 16, Jesus explains a simple story about a steward who manages the estate of a wealthy owner. The man described is the head administrator of a profitable farming operation. His boss, the owner of the operation is unaware of the firsthand perspective of the shadiness that was transpiring until an accusation comes against the steward. A hostile slander (Greek word -diablos, think devil or accuser) reaches the owner about the squandering of his financial estate. Ultimately, this accusation costs the steward his job but he wisely prepares himself for the future. We read:”the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.” It hits him…he has an idea….Before his final day, the steward calls in the owner's debtors and gives them significant financial breaks. To the debtor that owes 875 gallons of oil he slashes the price by 50%. To the debtor that owes one hundred measures of wheat, he slashes the payback by 20%. Tremendous discounting and incredible favors are given to “every one of his Lord’s debtors.”
The shocking statement of his passage is when the owner “commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely.” Why do we ask? Why does the owner look favorably on this horrible situation with a wicked man who is bringing him down into greater financial demise? Jesus explains: “for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Jesus tells his disciples then and now that sinners and those with earthly mindsets are more forward-thinking than saints are in considering eternity
Certainly, we of all people understand the truth found in 1 John 2:17: ”and the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” Why is it that we get so tripped up in the here and now. Jesus helps us to understand the vital truth that saints bound for eternity, ought to be more active, zealous, and mindful about preparing for eternity. Do not let this Missions Month pass by without considering how you can be part of investing in the Kingdom of God. Wake up! We need some more heavenly hoarders zealously leveraging their time and finances for the Kingdom of God!