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Spiritual Accounting 101

By Steve D. Eutsler
Romans 13:8Luke 16:1-16

"I found an old account ledger," writes Godfrey Davis, in his biography about the Duke of Wellington, "that showed how the Duke spent his money. It was a far better clue to what he thought was really important than the reading of his letters or speeches."

That's why Jesus talked so much about money. Someone has estimated that "one-sixth of the gospels, including one out of every three parables, touches on stewardship." Jesus knew that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). So let's look at one of His parables about the proper handling of finances.

Hear the Word of the Lord from the Gospel according to Luke 16:1-16:

Luke 1:1Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.

Luke 16:2So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'

Luke 16:3"The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg —

Luke 16:4I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'

Luke 16:5 "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'

Luke 16:6 " 'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied.

"The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'

Matthew 16:7 "Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?'

" 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied.

"He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'

Matthew 16:8"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

Matthew 16:9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

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