The Parable of The Unjust Steward

The purpose of this parable is to emphasize stewardship and that we must be faithful in the discharging of our responsibilities.


"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much(Luke 16:10) We must understand that everything belongs to the Lord and we are only managers or stewards of what we have been allowed to have. (Psalms 24:1) We are stewards of our time, our abilities, and our possessions and money.  The principle of stewardship is a basic concept of Christian living.  Paul said, "Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful" (I Corinthians 4:2).  If we ignore this principle of life and begin to live as if our lives are to be lived for our purposes instead of God's we are abusing our stewardship and we will be unfaithful.


With stewardship comes an inevitable accounting.  Some day we must stand before God and give an account to Him for our stewardship.  Paul wrote, "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:12).  Jesus said, "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" (Luke 16:11).  The unjust steward made provisions for his material future.  "So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly (Luke 16:8). For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light." Perhaps a disciple lacks the sense of urgency, or wholehearted commitment and does not sufficiently value God's calling as he or she should in preparing for eternity.  As Christians, we are to use our talent, money, time and opportunities so when the material and physical fails us we may be received into eternal habitations.  If people of the world are wise enough to make preparations for their future, Christians should be as wise in making preparations for eternity. 


"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other." (Luke 16:13). Clearly we cannot serve two masters who are diametrically opposed to each other and each one demanding the same time and attention. There is no room for divided loyalties, as faithfulness to God is involved in every aspect of our life.

"Daily Devotions by Guy Roberson"


Be Thou My Vision

 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;

 Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.

 Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,

 Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.


 Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;

 I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;

 Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;

 Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.


 Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;

 Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;

 Thou my soul's Shelter, Thou my high Tower:

 Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.


 Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,

 Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:

 Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

 High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.


 High King of Heaven, my victory won,

 May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun!

 Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

 Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. 

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