What we do with money matters.
“If you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust true riches to you?” (11)
“Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.” (25)
The parable of the unjust manager can be confusing, but the basic principle is this: the unrighteous can teach us a few things about planning ahead.
The economy of the kingdom is generosity. The Lord is looking for people who invest their money into others, stewarding resources wisely and generously.
Using wealth to benefit others is the best way to invest in eternity.
When we combine these stories, (which I believe is advised, considering their proximity to one another in this narrative) I am reminded of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.
Like the rich man, from Hades, pleading for a second chance, or for ghosts to warn his relatives, Scrooge is thus warned and changes his ways. Whereas, he previously hoarded his wealth, foreshadowing a death mourned by no one, he becomes a generous friend, investing in the lives of those around him.
But Jesus says we shouldn’t need to be haunted by ghosts. We have the Bible! It contains 2,350 verses about what to do with money (contrasted by approximately 500 on prayer and 500 on faith)!
Ask the Lord what He says about your finances. It’s a serious question, so be ready to respond!