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The Parable of the Shrewd Steward

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Sermon shared by John Hamby

December 2002
Summary: This parable gives us three principles for being Shrewd Disciples.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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We gathered the family together and set up the board. It didn’t take long to figure out that Dad had played this game before. I soon owned all the best properties, including Boardwalk and Park Place. My kids were squirming, and I was loving every minute of it.
About midnight I foreclosed on the last property and did a little victory dance. My family wasn’t impressed. They went to bed and made me put the game away. As I began putting all my money back in the box, an empty feeling came over me. Everything that I had accumulated was gone. The excitement over riches was just an illusion. And then it occurred to me, Hey, this isn’t just the game of monopoly that has caught my attention; this is the game of life. You struggle to get ahead, but then one day the game ends. It all goes back in the box. You leave this world with nothing, just as you came into it…..” [Dr. James Dobson’s Bullentin. “The Game of Life” December 2002. (vol 15. no.11) Carol Stream, IL. :Tyndale House)
Not Only Are We Called to Use Opportunities Wisely ……

2. We Are Called To Use Material Possessions Faithfully. (vv. 10-12)
In the bible there seems to be two under-laying principles concerning stewardship. The first is the requirement stated in 1 Corinthians 4:2,
“Moreover, it is required in stewards that they be found faithful.” The second is an explanation of the reward; found here in verse ten, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. (11) Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (12) And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?”
“Mammon” which is sometimes translated money, refers not just to money but to all our possessions.
To quote Barclay again, “ … what you get in heaven depends on how you use the things of earth. What you will be given as your very own will depend on how you use the things of which you are only a steward.” [Barclay. p. 209]
We Are Called To Use Material Possessions Faithfully…

3. We Are To Serve God Wholly (v. 13)
"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
The point is that we have to keep our priorities straight. Wealth is to be used, not served. The truth about money is that we can either be stewards of it or we can be servants of it. The follower of Christ is called to yield himself totally to the service of God. There is no such thing as a part-time Christianity.
Jesus has been speaking to the disciples but the Pharisees have been listening and their response is anything but spiritual for we read in verse fourteen, “Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. (15) And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves
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