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Gene’s Daily Scriptural Postings

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Growing Our Character: Luke 16:1-18

Focus Passage: Luke 16:1-18 (NCV)

The parable of the dishonest manager is one that has challenged my thinking on multiple occasions. When reading this parable, I sometimes wonder why Jesus would have used this angle to teach, or perhaps, whether we are missing the rest of the story.

However, after looking closer at this passage, I believe this parable may be less about the details, and more about the key truth Jesus pulls out from it: “Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with a little is dishonest with a lot.” (v. 10)

Ironically, when we look at the parable through the lens of this one verse, the whole scene becomes clearer. The master accuses the manager of cheating him, and wants a full report of where the money/wealth is. We don’t know if this was a strong speculation or if the master caught the manager cheating, but it was serious enough of an offense that this one incident was to cost the manager his job. Even though it was serious, this is Jesus describing being dishonest with a little.

Then, instead of coming clean and straightening out the single offense, the manager pulls all the rest of those indebted to the master and dishonestly discounts all their bills as well. In this reaction, Jesus is describing being dishonest with a lot.

Jesus key point is that our character and our focus remain the same as the size of our influence/status/wealth changes. Those who are trustworthy are trustworthy with both the small and big things, while those who are dishonest will be dishonest with little or lots.

Also, included in this parable and idea is the following truth: our character grows. The more time we spend being either dishonest or trustworthy, the more ingrained these characteristics will be on our character and the more they will spread throughout all areas of our life. Consistent trustworthiness in one area over time will strengthen how trustworthy we can be the other areas in our life, just as being consistently dishonest in one area of our life will eventually erode all the other “honest” areas of our life. What matters is where we place our focus and how we are choosing to shape our character.

Are you intentionally choosing to grow trustworthiness in your character, or are you allowing dishonesty to spread?

This thought was inspired by studying the Walking With Jesus “Reflective Bible Study” package. To discover insights like this in your own study time, click here and give Reflective Bible Study a try today!

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