Summary: Parables are a practical illustration of heavenly truth. Jesus whilst teaching his disciples used so many of these parables to drive home heavenly truths. These were things that his folllowers at the time could relate to easily.
Parables are a practical illustration of heavenly truth. Jesus whilst teaching his disciples used so many of these parables to drive home heavenly truths. The were things that his folllowers at the time could relate to easily. The rich man in this particular parable can be likened to God. The steward or servant would be his disciples or Christians as the case may be. From out scripture today I'd like to point out few very important points from today's parable that would definitely apply to you and I.
The first point that I'd like to point out is that we are all steward(servants) of the richest king God. The word steward connotes someone put in charge of something that belongs to another. I would like to say our life is not our own as the owner can take it at anytime he wants. Therefore I am just a steward of the life that he (the king of heaven and earth) has given me. Which tells me that I'd have to give account of how I used it sometimes soon. I love the way people sing this song in church "my life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself I give myself to you... I give myself away.. I give myself away.. So you can use me.. I give myself away". I am not sure we understand the full meaning of that song to be honest. I know it make for good worship lyrics but the act of it is what I'm not sure we are doing. The steward actually forgot that there was going to be a day that he would give account of what was committed to his care and lived recklessly wasting his masters goods. How often we waste the masters goods by using it for our own purpose and agenda. I remember the early part of my adulthood, my dream was to be the greatest, revered and feared by many, popular and recognised in every where I go. I went after these dreams with all that I had and even what I didn't have I stole or borrowed trying to be somebody. Lived every minute of my life for myself and myself alone. Every other person was a pun in my gave of chess. Well, I did very well for myself or so I thought until I discovered that all that I'd lived for gave me no satisfaction at all. I suddenly discovered after 7 years of pursuit of greatness and having achieved or fulfil my longings I still had a feeling of failure and emptiness that I couldn't explain. It is very important to use the masters goods how he wants it used. Also we need to understand that even our gift and our resources are his goods which we must give account of someday. They are not meant to be used how I want or for my own profit though I might profit from it along the way.
The second thing we need to learn from this story told by Jesus himself is that there is an accuser that knows what you should be using the master's resources for. The bible said someone told the master about how the steward was using the resources. The devil is the accuser and would constantly bring your account before your master. Remember even Jesus said the princes of this world have come and found nothing in me. Meaning the accuser tried but couldn't fault my use of the Father's resources. Let us strive as much as lie within us to use the resources we have to the best of the master's pleasure.