Relationships are the Priority
(1-2) Sooner or later we must give an account of what we did with everything in our care. This is Accountability, and it’s a good thing. Any issues we have with accountability are rooted in how we hold ourselves accountable.
(3-4) Ones future is not solely secured by maintaining what we own. That’s a mismanagement of resources and effort. Instead, help God with his networking efforts.
5-7) You don’t have a solo future; nobody does. Planning for what’s next, especially in God’s kingdom, always means a plan that in some way impacts others.
(8-9) You are blessed to be a blessing; use everything at your disposal to make an ideal setting in which others might encounter God.
1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So 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.’
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— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
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.’
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. 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.