Our Lord Jesus was narrating the parable of “the unjust steward” to His disciples, and He concluded by saying this statement,

“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8).

The summary of the parable is this; a rich man received bad report concerning his steward who has been in charge of his business. Therefore, he requested the steward to render the account of his stewardship before being relieved of his job. In reckoning, the steward went around adjusting downward what was owed to his master by his debtors (Luke 16:1-13). Hence, the above quotation was made by the Lord.

No one really know the reason for this downward adjustment; however, it could be inferred for one of the following reasons,

  1. to negotiate with the debtors in order to cheat his master since he knows that he would be fired after reckoning
  2. may be the debt had been formally inflated for personal gain, but because he has to render an account he down-adjusted the debt to the normal amount

OR

  1. he intentionally wants to wicked his master because he would be fired at the end of reckoning

Whatever may be the reason for adjusting the debts downward amounts to unfaithfulness on the part of the steward. The commendation for the steward bears negativism; he was called “unjust steward”. Moreover, any wise move made by unjust person is nothing but wiles orchestrated by the devil. Hence, our Lord described the steward as one of the children of this world who are wiser than the children of light (Christians).

What are the criteria or the yard stick that God uses to commit anything into the hand of anybody? I doubt if anybody can really give the right answer to this. However, God understands man better than man and He commits to them what they are capable to handle. Our misjudgments of man have put many people in problem and drown them into debt.

When God sent Samuel to anoint David, the first person he saw was Eliab the brother of David, and he concluded that Eliab must be the one to be anointed. But God reply him saying,

“.But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (2Sam. 16:7).

God was right with this statement about Eliab because, later in life, his character portrays him to be cowardice, envious, distracter and so forth. A man of these character traits cannot rule or be a king. However, God sees in David a man after God’s heart; a man who is bold and confident; and a man who is diligent: this is the character of a man who is fit to rule.

God commissions people to what they can handle. God will not put money in care of a scoundrel because; He knows he would waste it. But, God will put money in care of someone who will use the money to affect other people’s lives positively and to glorify God.

God will not put a man who cannot take care of his house to pastor a church because, the church is a family. How is he going to be an example or settle dispute on family matters? Unfortunately; many people become pastors today to have church as a business venture, worshiping mammon by exhorting worshipers for unrighteous gains.

What am I saying; God knows what is best for every one; and He gives talent, knowledge and ability to all liberally without prejudice. It is grace and not merit. The choice is yours to stay and develop your talent; or covetously, you can covet another man’s talent. If you chose the later, you are never going to be faithful in your stewardship.

Where do you find these unjust stewards? They are outside and within you gate. Christians must be vigilant, there are many unfaithful associates today that dressed in sheep’s clothes; who are they? They are your blood relations, they are your distance relations and they are your church members.

We often like to distance ourselves from a person who looks like children of the world; but unable to recognize our close associates who are worse than children of this world. The fact that a person is your blood brother or church member does not make him a just person; be careful to weigh or judge spiritually not by appearance only.

As a child of God, do not parade yourself in the devil’s territory; because, that is the domain of the generation of the children of this world, and there, they are wiser than you (children of light). Some things they do and get away with it do not mean they are right; their doom day is only being postponed.

As a child of God, you may not get away with it; and if you are caught, that will be a big disgrace. We should not be ignorant of the devices of the devil; because, that is where satan takes advantage of the children of God, we must avoid the devil’s territory.

What is this devil’s territory? Not doing things that are right.

As a child of God, we have to do things that are right; either we are being watched or not. The day of our visitation is without notice; there would not be enough time to run around for preparation. In order to receive a just commendation, at any moment, we should be ready to give an account of our stewardship either for thing done while on earth or in heaven.

The Bible declared,

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Eccl 12:14)

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? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Luke 12:42-43).

Can God commit good things to your care today? Have this in your mind that unfaithfulness results to loss of opportunity and loss of reward. “…It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1Cor. 4:1).

By  Lawrence  Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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