Archive for February 6th, 2008

Luke 16

Jesus teaches the disciples about business.  He uses the story of the manager who had taken advantage of his position and run up huge personal expenses.  Things aren’t all that different from those times are they?  This manager gets fired and is worried about how he will survive on the street so he calls in those who owe his boss money and he writes down their debt thinking they will all like him and take care of him once he loses his job.  Jesus tells his disciples this: “I want you to be smart in the same way–but for what is right–using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior”.  Do you get by on “good behavior” or are you “really living” for our Lord?  This really caught my attention as I think some days I default to the first one.  I do the right things and behave like a good boy but I don’t really live for Jesus at times.  I get by.  I let stuff divert my attention from the important to other things.  Jesus goes on to explain why it matters how we live.  Check this out: “If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things”.  He gives a couple more examples like that as well.  I certainly find that true with the people I hire.  Little things always tend to be indicators of what will happen with big ones.  Am I always honest with little things?  No.  I sometimes stretch or tweak or borrow or adjust things to make them fit my situation rather than be totally honest.  How about you?  Since we have a few bankers who read this, it is important to note that Jesus says “you can’t serve God and the bank”.  I want to obey this one for sure so will need to slow down payments…..oh, that would be part of that being honest in small things wouldn’t it.  Jesus calls out the real issue: “You are masters at making yourselves look good in front of others, but God knows what’s behind the appearance”.  There are no secrets from God.  He sees it all – clearly and completely.  He has called us to live – “really live” for Him.  That means in the big stuff and the small stuff – moment by moment.  Are you living for Jesus?  Is He your compass?  Get after it and don’t be distracted by anything along the way.

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