Wasted Goods

The word stewardship is rarely used today. As human beings we yearn to possess or have something, and money is always at the heart of every situation in today’s living

Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest no longer be a steward.

Luke 16:2

The word stewardship is rarely used today. As human beings we yearn to possess or have something, and money is always at the heart of every situation in today’s living. We cannot survive without it, but can we get it unjustly, or without working for it? Maybe we should consider Mark Knopfler song “Money for Nothing.”

That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it

Money for nothin’ and chicks for free.

From lyrics of song titled “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

You would be surprised how many people are out “to make money by doing basically nothing. “Making lots of money for doing basically nothing.” Not everybody on this planet is fortunate to get money for nothing,” stated an article from Hosbeg.com. Today we have many scams artist who are out to get money for doing basically nothing. Millions of dollars are being spent just to curb fraud, so it is big business these days especially during Covid-19. Even the federal stimulus money has been hacked and not everyone is receiving the money that they were entitled to this past year. People now want money for doing basically nothing like the delivery man to which this song refers to. What is the mind set of gaining money from doing hardly nothing? Where does stewardship enter the picture. Yet, Jesus talks about it in this parable of the unjust steward in Luke chapter 16.

The steward was cunning in his action when giving the account of stewardship. Maybe we should take a step back and investigate the meaning of stewardship. The Strong’s Greek translation for stewardship is administration. This means management of your household affairs or the affairs of others. It means you are overseeing the management of something like a business. You might say this relates to the job you are doing for someone. You get paid for the services you provide to your employer. The work you put in is of value and therefore you are compensated. I learned this at an early age when I worked in an office at the age of 16. I had responsibility to perform and complete my duties what the job required. I got paid for the service I provided. I could account for what I did because the business continued since I was doing the billing for the business. One must manage themselves to become a good steward.

The steward in Chapter 16 of Luke became worried about what he would do when he no longer would be a steward/manager. He said, “to beg he would be ashamed,” [see Luke 16:3]. Changing jobs or having to train for a new job is not always easy. But there is more to the story here and it is not always easy to understand the full meaning of what Jesus was trying to convey here. Jesus commented that the unjust steward had done wisely and then he states that those of this age are wiser than the sons of light. Jesus further says go ahead and make friends for yourself by means of unjust wealth [see Luke 16:9]. What Jesus is saying is to go ahead and carry on with your behavior, but who is going to trust you with the true riches in the future. Remember the saying, “what you reap is what you sow.” Let us think twice about deceiving our brother and sister in the Lord when we are given the responsibility of overseeing them. Let us think twice about deceiving our employer as well.

Why think twice, because what you put your hands to ends up as wasted goods in the end due to unjust wealth you have gained. Jesus said it is money of unrighteousness. Money of unrighteousness is a part of coveting, and no servant can serve two masters. The heart of the matter is that you are serving money and not God. God who is all knowing and all seeing is looking for good stewards or mangers in the Kingdom of God. God is looking for faithful servants to rule over His household. I urge you all to read Luke chapter 12 and compare it with Luke chapter 16.

And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

Luke 12:42

The Lord is expecting that those who belong to him are faithful and wise stewards over their own household and to bless them in due season. How so many have fallen from trusting God to provide a way and end up following their own way of getting wealth instead of learning to manage their own household. Be thankful for what you do have even when it is nothing. I was so thankful for housing when the manager of the apartment gave us room for no down payment when we were homeless, but we had to trust God to provide us with a job to pay for that housing. That meant looking for work. God provided the job to pay for the housing. One does not go about abusing the situation when God answers prayer for housing as was in our case. We had to be faithful stewards in managing ourselves to be faithful in what God has given and look for a job. That was the agreement made with the manager. That is being a good and wise steward. That is doing the right thing and doing it fairly and not defrauding anyone. Having the right attitude goes a long way when we as people are wise stewards for the Lord and this also includes how we manage our money. May our money not become as wasted goods. May our heart be in the right place.

God’s All-Seeing Eye

Did you know that God is all-seeing? We just do not want to think about how God sees everything and is all-knowing and wise. I’m thankful that we have a compassionate all-knowing God

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

Psalms 139:1-3

Did you know that God is all-seeing? We just do not want to think about how God sees everything and is all-knowing and wise. I’m thankful that we have a compassionate all-knowing God. The word in theology is omniscient for all-knowing, all-wise, and all-seeing. Our God is the source of all human knowledge and science. We just do not want to admit it. Some of us do believe that God is all-knowing, but we may not believe that He is all-seeing. In fact, the all-seeing part of omniscient is one of the hardest parts to believe when all you see is suffering, pain, and death. Can we believe that our God is a refuge for those who are oppressed? Does God see our tears? Yes, He does. The revelation was revealed to John in Revelation 21:4, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” God will make all things new, and this is our future, for He is the beginning and the end.

Our Lord Jesus spoke about how God does not forget anything not even the sparrows. All creation is seen by God, and this includes all of humanity. It is hard to believe that God would care for us on a personal level, yet Jesus said that even the number of our hairs on our head are all numbered [see Luke 12:7]. This is amazing. Have you ever Googled the question; how many hairs are on the human head? I did and found out that the “average human head has about 100,000 hairs.” Wow! And Jesus said in verse seven of Luke chapter 12 that we are of more value than the sparrows. Can you imagine the realization of our worth in God’s eye? God is definitely acquainted with all our ways for in Psalms 139 David the King goes into great length is describing God’s all-seeing eye. Nothing is hidden and darkness cannot hide from God’s all-seeing eye. Even David could not grasp the meaning of knowing that God is all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-wise, yet he spoke about it down to the point of his conception.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unformed; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalms 139:16

David exclaimed that his substance was not hidden even when he was made in secret [ see Psalms 139:15]. There are many children in the world that are made in secret, but our God knows all about it. When I read Psalms 139, I was unsettled and had to re-read the passage. I could not get around that God really knew all about my conception. For some it is hard to believe when you are conceived out of wedlock you are known as the bastard child. Prior to 1960 a bastard child or love child was seen as immoral. Even in the 60’s people looked down upon a child that was born out of wedlock. The stigma of illegitimacy carried a bad report of criminal intent and social behavior that induced discrimination. This did not take into consideration conception through violence that many women experience. For the child it carries the theme of being unwanted and unloved, but in God’s eye everything about you as an individual was written down in a book.

God is all-knowing that nothing is hidden from His sight. He looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth [see Psalms 33:14]. Jesus tells us to fear the one who has the “power to cast into hell” [see Luke 12:5]. “There is no fear of God before their eyes,” said the apostle Paul in Romans 3:18. Paul exclaimed this after talking about how lost man is and how fast they are to shed blood. Can we so easily deny God’s judgement? There is a future account when we all will stand before God in judgement. The books will be opened, and judgement will be sentenced [see Revelation 20:12]. We cannot escape from God’s judgement. We must all believe in God’s Son Jesus and stay in our believe that Jesus is the way, truth, and the life. We cannot come to God except through Jesus, for Jesus is our covering from sin. His shed blood covers us so God will accept us and hear our prayers.

Make sure within your heart that you will be in the book of life and not in the other book. It is good to have the fear of the Lord upon our hearts to stir us into the right path of salvation. I praise God that he gave me a father who helped raise me here on earth. A father who feared God and had discernment to do the right thing through adoption. The Lord became our refuge in times of trouble when we had no money, no home, and little food. The all-seeing God came through because we believed in Him as our refuge. God provided shelter without no prepayment and how amazing and wonderful it was to be under God’s shelter of protection from the weather. Have you heard of the hymn written by Civilla D. Martin from Nova Scotia, titled, “His Eye is on Sparrow?”  Here is the first verse and chorus for you to read. Remember you are not alone for He watches over you.

Why should I feel discouraged, 
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, 
And long for heav’n and home;
When Jesus is my portion? 
My constant Friend is he;
His eye is on the sparrow, 
And I know he watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, 
And I know he watches me.

Refrain:
I sing because I’m happy, 
I sing because I’m free;
For his eye is on the sparrow, 
And I know he watches me.