Luke 16 To totally understand the parable of the “unjust steward” Jesus wants us to take time from our recess and stick around a little more during discussion time. He is saying you need to connect the dots between what He taught in Luke 15 and Luke 16.
Listen, all three stories teach us principles for life now and in the future. They also subtly teach us the steps to the kingdom. Remember the younger brother? The lesson here is we must repent or we will be acting like the older brother who just didn’t get it. And then there is the unjust steward. He is our illustration of what is true faithfulness and what is not. He was given responsibility to care for the Master’s gifts and he blew it big time. Now for the last; the rich man and Lazarus. These two men teach us that our eternal destiny must be determined NOW for when we reach eternity it will be too late.
In Jesus School we learn that we must listen with both our ears and our hearts. The brothers had the Father’s gifts, the Steward was entrusted with the Master’s gifts, the Rich Man had the gifts of Prophets and the Law. You and I have the keys to the kingdom. The real question is this: Are we faithfully using it for Him? Will we hear one day: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful in a few things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ [Mat 25:21]