The Greatest Investment Advice Ever Given

April 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Looking for the best investment advice ever given? Jesus gives it in the Parable of the Dishonest Manager in Luke 16.

It’s the story of a dishonest manager who is found out and fired. Shrewdly thinking ahead, he reduces the amount of everyone’s debts to his boss before he is fired. He knows how the world works and makes sure he gets in good with people so that in retirement he won’t be out on the street but will have chits to call in  –favors he can count on in the future when will really need them.

Is Jesus commending dishonesty? Of course not. He is imparting divine wisdom to his disciples. The dishonest manager shrewdly exchanged temporary wealth he didn’t need for the future benefits he would surely need. Surely this is wisdom. When we invest excess wealth in God’s kingdom, we exchange something of limited, temporary value for something with unlimited eternal value. Now that’s great investment advice.

He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures[b] of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth,[d] so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

 

 

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