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Luke 16:1-13, Wise Use of Gifts

Key Verse

And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
— Luke 16:12

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, September 22, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: We can use the gifts we’re given to serve Christ.

Up until this story, we have been hearing many of Jesus’ parables. Immediately preceding this story are the stories of the lost sheep and the prodigal son. Those are endearing stories, and we like to see ourselves as the lost ones that God loved enough to claim as God’s own, despite their wanderings.

Then we have this story, where a dishonest manager is called on his frivolity. In a final, desperate act to save his own skin, he settles several debts on his employer’s behalf. When the activity is discovered, the manager is commended for his shrewdness.

I don’t want to be seen as a dishonest manager. I don’t like dishonesty. I don’t like that the manager settled the employer’s debts by accepting less than was owed – for the sake of making friends for his personal gain. I don’t want to identify with anyone in this story.

But, maybe there’s something to this after all. We bought our current home in October 2007 – yeah, like 15 seconds before the housing market crashed. Great. We weathered much of the worst of the storm. But often we had to do it by settling other debts for less than was owed. It didn’t feel good to settle for less, but it did feel good to be settled. And I realized they were happy to get some/most of the debt over not getting any at all. It turns out, this is one of those gray areas where the perfect scenario could not be attained, so a mutual agreement was reached instead. I believe God was pleased that we did our best to settle our debts with integrity.

How do you wisely use the gifts God has given you?

 

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