I’m memorizing Luke 16:9-13. Verse 9 is really interesting to me. After making the observation that the people of the world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light, Jesus says, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”
There is a parallel between the shrewd manager and the shrewd Christian. Both realize that money is going to run out. Both use it while they can to secure their future. The manager makes sure that he will have friends who will welcome him into their homes because of the favor he did them. The shrewd Christian makes sure that he will be welcomed into heaven because of the favor he did those individuals in leading them to Christ. This isn’t about securing a place in heaven, but rather ensuring that we hear the words, “Well done. You have been a good and faithful servant.” The point is that we should learn to be shrewd and use money to make friends whose future includes sharing heaven with us.
By way of personal application, I am often concerned with how to make sure the money doesn’t run out. While it is wise to save for upcoming expenses, the fact remains that my money will run out. It may run out when I die, or if the economy collapses, or be seized by the anti-Christ. Jesus advises me to leverage this knowledge and use the money while I have it to “secure” my future.