The dishonest steward (Luke 16:1-13) | back

 1And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. Jesus told this story to His disciples. A rich man hired an account to handle his affairs, but soon a rumor went around that the account was dishonest.

 2And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. So the rich man said to the account, what's this I hear about you stealing from me? Get your report in order and you are dismissed.

 3Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. The account thought to himself, I am through here and I haven't the strength to dig ditches, and I am too proud to beg.

 4I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. I know just what to do the accountant said, and I will have plenty of friends to take care of me when I leave.

 5So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? The accountant called everyone who owed his employer to come and discuss the situation and asked the first one what he owed his employer.

 6And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. I owe your employer 850 gallons of olive oil the man replied. Here is the contract that you had, the accountant replied, now tear it up and write a new contract for half that amount.

 7Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. How much do you owe my employer the account asked the next man. A thousand bushels of wheat the man replied. The accountant replied, take the bill and replace it with one for 800 bushels that you owe.

 8And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. The rich man had to admire the man for being so shrewd. And it is true that the people of this world are more cleaver concerning dishonesty than the Godly are. 

 9And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. Did I tell you to act that way? To try to get ahead and buy friendship through cheating people. Do you think that when you fail that this type of action will ensure your entry into everlasting life in Heaven?

 10He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Not at all! Unless you are honest in small matters, you won't be honest in large ones. If you cheat in small matters, you will never be honest with greater responsibilities.

 11If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? If you are untrustworthy in worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of Heaven?

 12And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? If you are not faithful with other peoples money, why should you be entrusted with money of your own. This is why many people will never get ahead in life. God will only let you have what you can be trusted with.

 13No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. No one can serve two masters. You will hate one and show loyalty to the other; or you will be enthusiastic about one and despise the other. What is your choice? "You cannot serve both God and money."