Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’
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This parable is a story about a rich man and a greedy, but shrewd manager. When the manager hears that he is going to be fired, he greases his exit by using the boss's money to buy friends who will owe the manager favors. The parable ends with an admonishment about being faithful and trustworthy whether the amount of one's wealth is large or small. It also includes a stern declaration that we cannot serve two masters - both God and wealth. This parable is a mess of human greed, self-service, and poor management. It is difficult to see that anyone comes off looking good in this story. What should we do with whatever wealth we have? And therein lies our deepest problem. We still think it is ours to do with as we will. We think we have wealth. It ALL belongs to God. God entrusts it to us. We abuse the relationship as soon as we think this is about how we handle what WE own. It ALL belongs to God. Knowing that "ALL" includes us is when we start to understand the nature of God.
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Help us, Lord, to loosen our grip on all the wrong saviors. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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