15th MARCH

Catching a glimpse of what God requires - commitment

Luke 16: 1 - 15

“No one can serve two masters.”

As a parent there is always a concern that your children keep the right company.  You want them to make friends, but make the right friends who will not lead them down a path you’d rather they didn’t go down.  There was a concern that Jesus didn’t keep there right company.  He associated himself with sinners and, yes, even with tax collectors!  We’ve already looked at the parables of the lost which explore something of what Jesus  came to do and the people he came to be with.  He was seeking the lost that they might enjoy friendship and fellowship with God once again.

This parable continues to address the critics who were vocal about who Jesus was with.  At first glance it might seem that Jesus is praising the dishonesty of the man entrusted with looking after his master’s company, but he was being praised for being clever and crafty!  This man was about to lose his job and, in order to save hismself, he tried to turn something bad into something good.  He couldn’t right his wrong, but he could do something gracious and merciful toward his master’s debtors.

The Pharisees were clever at collecting money, but were not the most gracious in their dealings with others or as wise as they could have been in their dealings on spiritual matters.  Their focus on money and obsession with the material took their focus away from what mattered and who mattered.  What  mattered, of course, was the spiritual.  What mattered was encouraging their own relationship and that of others with God.  Who mattered were God’s people and not just themselves, but they had lost sight of that in their obsession with the finer points of the law, power over others and money.

On the surface this parable deals with money.  Digging a bit deeper we see how it deals with relationships and what is important in our relationship with God and each other.  This was a challenge and a call to commitment:  a commitment to God and his purposes as well as a commitment to God’s people for whom God’s purposes were established from the very beginning of time itself.

  • God has committed himself and so much of who he is to us.  The question is, how committed are we?  What does it mean to you to be committed to God and to his people?  What changes do you have to make?

Lord God,

you have entrusted us so much, so much that we can share with each other.

Help us to use what we have wisely but also generously

as we share who you are and what you offer with everyone we meet.

AMEN.