Work Your System – Part II

Barry Buzza October 13, 2019 The Red Thread

Big Idea: What we do with our life, time, energy and possessions
now will determine what we will be doing in our eternal future.

Scripture: 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.’ Luke 16:1-2 ESV

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. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said,
‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ Luke 16:3-7 ESV

The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness.
For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. Luke 16:8 ESV

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. Luke 16:9 ESV

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who
is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:10-12 ESV

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 money.” Luke 16:13 ESV

This is one of Jesus’ most difficult stories. It focuses on a rich man,
who could well be a picture of God, and his slave, whom he’d entrusted with management of his resources. That slave, who was conniving and crooked, is used as an example of both, wise and unholy Christians.

Four applications of Jesus’ parable:

1. People of the world, are often wiser than Christians in that they fully use their system.

The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness.
For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. The world system is me centered and uses everything in its disposal to gain more for “me”. The Kingdom of God is God centered and everything is done for the glory of God — then those who belong to the Kingdom receive all the blessings promised by Jesus.

For example, this is how the Kingdom of God works:
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these
things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing
until it overflows. “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it
will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field
cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:10-11 NASB

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14 NASB

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most-High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. “Be merciful,
just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:35-36 NASB

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard
of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:37-38 ESV

2. Use material wealth to strengthen friendships, where the true value of life lies.

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. Luke 16:9 NIV

3. The way in which we fulfill small responsibilities is the best proof that we will be able to handle bigger responsibilities.

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who
is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own.” Luke 16:10,11 ESV

4. A slave cannot serve two masters.

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 money.” Luke 16:13 ESV