Sermon on August 7 by Pastor Roland Eskinazi
Scripture: Luke 16 : 1-13
All of us fall into one of two groups. Are you careless or lazy as a steward under God? Or are you shrewd and meticulous?
If you would be a kingdom-investor:
1. BE REALISTIC – ALL YOU HAVE IS ON LOAN! (v3)
- Nothing that you have is actually yours
‘All hard work brings profit but mere talks leads only to poverty’.
- What you do have should work for you, not against you
Don’t make excuses for bad management:
‘The company makes so much money, why should what I do matter’
or, ‘Since I am like others why should I work harder?’
2. BE FUTURISTIC – ALL YOU DO LEAVES A LEGACY! (v4-9)
- Be sure – your wealth discloses your heart
What we loved most before we came to faith (e.g. money) can become our greatest hindrances to stewardship after.
- Be shrewd – your wealth displays your love
It is like a constant offering of the first-fruits of the whole thing, saying to Him – “The tenth is yours O Lord in special ways because all of it is yours in ordinary ways!”
3. BE STRATEGIC – A LITTLE COUNTS A LOT! (v10-13)
- What you are in the little matters most
Build a track-record in the little things and you will be surprised at the return.
‘A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous’.
- What you choose today will carve your tomorrow
Remember! Just as the manager was shrewd in preparing for his earthly future, we are to be more shrewd in preparing for our eternal destiny. In this week live each day with as holy a devotion to the Lord’s will as the manager was unholy in his addiction to the world.
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