Investing in Eternity
4 July 2021 AM – Luke 16:1-15 – Parables21 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Somebody defined money as, “an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except heaven and as a universal provider of everything except happiness.” (Quoted by Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, p.238). Money is not bad; we need it to purchase necessities. Yet the Scriptures tell us that the love of money is the root of all evil. The Lord wants Christians to use money wisely. We are not to serve money or live for it, but we are to use it prudently.
Having just told the parable of the Prodigal son who wasted his entire inheritance (Luke 15:11-32), Jesus then spoke this parable about investing money. He addressed it to His disciples (v.1), but the Pharisees who love money also heard it (v.14). Read Luke 16:1-15.
Transition: This parable is one of the most difficult to understand of Jesus’ parables, but once understood, it has in it a valuable lesson for us to learn. As we look at this parable, I want us to note the illustration, the commendation and the application.
The Illustration of a Wise Investment (v.1-7)