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26th January 2014
The parable about the unrighteous manager is certainly an odd one! But if we look at it closely, we can understand some of the key things Jesus has to say about money. He obviously doesn’t commend unrighteousness – He does call it ‘unrighteous’, after all! But Jesus is saying that what the manager did, though unrighteous, was wise.
Wisdom, throughout the Bible, involves living in the present in light of the future: financial wisdom is just the same – it comes from knowing that our possessions aren’t really ours and that the life coming is infinitely more important; it means investing in the future and being prepared for what is coming.
Jesus wants us to handle our possessions wisely, which means adopting an eternal perspective. When we do so, it has huge implications for how we handle our money today. Instead of gleefully (or woefully) counting up their money now, the financially wise make their money count in God’s kingdom. Rather than investing in unnecessary possessions, the financially wise invest in eternal rewards.
This perspective on money affects much of our everyday living – from how we set our standards of living to how we balance saving with giving. Don’t trade in eternal pleasures for a new car. Live wisely. Store up true riches, not Monopoly money that has no eternal significance. Live in the present in light of the future.
Posted by Andrew Wilson