We are getting closer to Easter, and I can sense waves of new expectations coming from our Lord that will lead us into a more profound revelation and encounter with the Risen Christ.
I am so aware that I need to have the right attitude, my will, my mind, my heart, and my soul for this to happen. I need to be in a place where I need to let him be the Lord of my life.
That sometimes is a challenge!
Today’s Bible reading is from Luke 16:1-12.
“Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 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.’ “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— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “ ‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’ “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.’ “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. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (Luke 16:1–12 NIV)
This is a powerful story. It can be a story that you can read in any newspaper or news website.
Heading: “Manager saves his job and keeps his boss happy” or “If you blinked you missed it, a manager offered a great discount, saving his job and keeping the business competitive”.
Yet, there is something else going on here, and I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to understand the importance of “accountability”.
Who am I accountable to?
The business owner asked his manager: Give me an account of your management because you cannot be manager any longer! Ouch!!
What have we done with what God has given us?
How do we use our time?
And are our priorities in the right place?
This is not just about money or land. And It is also about relationships and eternity.
The Cross of Christ is the most important and most potent accountability test.
Through the Cross, we come face to face with our own shortcomings and come face to face with the God of Mercy.
Look at Jill’s picture, read and pray this passage of Luke 16 and ask the Lord to show you the way of wisdom!