THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE DISHONEST STEWARD
Today’s gospel: Luke 16:1-8
Today we have a very challenging parable of the dishonest
steward. But I will not tackle that. Rather, I want to use
this parable as take-off for the proper posture we need to
have as we move forward in Christ.
me get right to it. We are the dishonest steward.
we have been made stewards of the earth from the time of creation,
and of our possessions that actually belong to God, and of
the work of evangelization which is the great privilege given
us to participate in the divine work of salvation. Most Christians,
including us, have failed in all three aspects. We live our
lives such that we participate in the pollution of the earth,
we fail to tithe and use our possessions for the cause of
Christ, and we have not gone all-out in participating in bringing
in the harvest already prepared by God.
God is depending on us His people to take care of His work,
if we persist in not doing so, then God might come to the
point where He will say to us, “you can no longer be
my steward.” (Lk 16:2d). How terrible would that be?
So before God actually gets to that point, we must say to
ourselves, “What shall I do, now that my master is taking
the position of steward away from me?” (Lk 16:3a).
what shall we do? We should do what the dishonest steward
did. He called his master’s debtors and changed the
amount they owed to what was truly owed to the master, minus
the onerous commission or overprice the steward has added
on (Lk 16:5-7). What does that mean for us? This tells us
basically three things.
live the truth. This is no matter how it might hurt your personally.
Second, look not to your own good but to the good of the Master.
The steward removed what was his gain and looked to just what
belonged to his master. Third, do justice to all. The steward,
by removing his onerous add-on, then billed the debtors what
they actually owed the master, no more, no less.
self-emptying, justice. These are what are important to those
whom the Master will call and use. These are those qualities
by which our Lord can entrust to us his work. We must know
the truth that salvation is desired by God for all, but that
God depends on His people to proclaim that salvation. Then,
knowing that, we need to consider how we can serve Jesus as
his disciples, and that can only happen with self-emptying
and total commitment to the Master. Finally, as the Spirit
is able to form us, we do justice to all, helping give them
what is their due, and that is the salvation won on the cross
by Jesus for them.
we do these, even as we have been dishonest stewards, then
our Master will commend us. “And the master commended
that dishonest steward for acting prudently.” (Lk 16:8).
In addition, because we would take care of the earth, use
our possessions to do God’s work, and bring people to
Christ due to our work of evangelization, then we will be
appreciate by many, and “they may welcome (us) into
their homes.” (Lk 16:4c).
Though the steward basically was still looking out for his