Am I intentionally using my God given resources to bless others who will one day greet me in heaven?
1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 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.' 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— 4I 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"'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.' 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. - Luke 16:1-9
When I first read this passage, I said, “Whaaaaa….Huhhhhhh?” It seemed like Jesus was endorsing dishonesty and corruption, but He wasn’t. He is pointing out that unbelievers are better about preparing for their future in this life, than believers are in preparing for their eternal life. Jesus is instructing us to be wise enough to use our money and resources (which actually belong to God) to do good to other people, who will then greet us graciously when we get to heaven. Think about it; every dollar invested in the kingdom of God, rather than our temporary pleasures down here, will last forever. This is the kind of wise and shrewd thinking that God rewards with treasures in heaven—the kind that will last forever. Be wise to intentionally send forth treasures. Trust God!