Read Luke 16:1-9

If an angel appeared to you tonight to tell you that you would die tomorrow, what would you do?

Would you go out and buy a new pair of shoes? Would you get your hair done? Would you ask your boss for a bonus? Would you try to spend all the money in your bank account?

You probably wouldn’t do any of those things, would you? You would likely realize that those things lose their importance when you have twenty-four hours or less to live. Right? So, how would your answer change if you had, say, forty-eight hours? Or seventy-two hours? Would your answer change if you had a week or a month? Probably not. Money and possessions lose their value in the light of eternity.

That was the point of the parable of the Shrewd Manager.  It is a story that some consider the most confusing tale He ever told. As you read Luke 16:1-9, consider the fact that Jesus was not commending dishonesty in that parable. He was promoting proper priorities. His parable conveys four key truths:

We will soon be called to give an account. Like the steward in the story, most of us could be accused of wasting our Master’s possessions. And whether we live one more day, another year, or another twenty years, our day of reckoning approaches faster than we know.

This impending reckoning reveals how irrelevant the hoarding of money and possessions is. All the wealth we have accumulated—whether it is little or much—is shown to be worthless in light of the approaching end of this earthly life. Like Confederate currency in the waning days of the Civil War, it has no real value.

It is not too late to change. The steward in Jesus’ story changed his attitude and behavior in light of his Master’s message. We still have time to change ours.

Wealth used to bless others is not wasted. Like Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning, the shrewd steward learned a new use for money. Instead of hoarding it, he turned it to a new purpose. Similarly, because we, as people of God, know that only two things on earth are eternal— God’s Word and human souls—we would be wise to focus our resources on those things.  What will you do to make an impact for eternity?