Speaker 1:                           00:00                     Hi, I’m Justin Brownlee. I’m coming to you today from the Woodlands, Texas. We’re about 40 miles North of Houston. And uh, for the next few weeks we’re going to talk about money. And today we’re going to start off with a, one of my favorite stories, or Jesus is in Luke 16. He’s talking to his disciples and he gives them a parable. Um, so a couple of different questions that this covers today. Uh, we’re gonna talk through, uh, what is money? What is wealth? Uh, and we’re also going to talk about why do we work, uh, why is work so important? And so, uh, Jesus has a very unique perspective on money and it’s not necessarily what we would automatically think. And so a lot of times it’s easy to just come to a conclusion. Uh, maybe you grew up, maybe you grew up in the Bible belt and you were around church.

Speaker 1:                           00:51                     And so this thought is, well, money is something that I guess if I’m going to be a good Christian, it means that I have to give a bunch of money to charity or I have to give a much bunch of my money to church. Um, and that’s not, that’s not a bad thing. I’m not not, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t, uh, do some of that, but I think Jesus is looking at it from a different angle. Instead of trying to get one particular outcome, uh, with our money, he’s instead trying to change the way that we even view money to begin with. And so in Luke six, Luke 16, we have a parable and it says that there was a rich man and this rich man had a manager. So this whole story is going to send around one main character and it’s the manager.

Speaker 1:                           01:32                     So this one manager was accused of wasting his bosses possessions. So his boss is the rich man in the story. Uh, the manager was accused of wasting his possessions. Uh, so the boss calls him in. He asked him, what is this? I’m hearing what have you done? Give an account of your management because I’m going to fire you. So this manager, he’s faced with losing this job and uh, his response is interesting. He says, what am I going to do now? I’m going to lose my job. I’m not strong enough to get another job and I don’t want a bag. So what are my options? Um, I know that this job is not going to be around long. So he decides that what he’s going to do is when he loses his job, he wants the outcome to be that people around the community welcome him.

Speaker 1:                           02:19                     He wants the outcome, uh, with his current job to be one that after this job is gone, he wants his whole community, uh, to be a fan of his, to be a friend of his, to welcome him. And so, uh, we skip forward to verse eight, but in the meantime, what he does is he goes and he makes it deals with the whole town. Uh, his boss, the wealthy, the wealthy landowner, uh, had all of these business deals with people around town. So the manager, our main character, he goes around town and he actually makes deals with everyone that his boss, uh, had agreements with. And he basically gave them really good deals on their debt. Uh, what’s interesting about this story is it’s kind of controversial. Uh, what the main characters doing is a little bit. It’s almost shaped. And Jesus refers to what he says and did shrewd and he commits, uh, our main character for acting shrewdly.

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Speaker 1:                           03:13                     Uh, because in essence there’s a contract, there’s a deal here between the rich man and people throughout the town and our main character, the manager, he went and he gave them a break on a lot of those deals. He gave him a discount. And so what happens at the end is the whole town loves him. The town becomes a big fan of his. And so at the end of the parable, the master commends the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. And so even the wealthy landowner here is commending the dishonest manager and it says, Jesus then picks up and says, for the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than they are people at the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Speaker 1:                           03:58                     So use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves. And so think about that question we asked at the beginning, what is money? What is wealth? So instead of just having this mindset that, well, my only greater purpose in work is that I have money to then support charity or money to give to my church. That’s really not what Jesus, his mindset is, I think. I think when he looks at this, he’s trying to change the way that we define what work is. The way that we define what money is. And one of the best definitions here from this passage, money or wealth, our relationships, your wealth or the friendships that you have. And so with your work, with all of the resources you have, all the money that you have asked the question, am I really getting wealthier? Uh, in the sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about storing up treasure in heaven.

Speaker 1:                           04:53                     And so do we have a desire to truly be wealthy, uh, and wealthy, not just, uh, in the sense of a bank account or an excellent job. But go back to what our main character in this story said. I’m losing my job. My job is not going to be there. So how do I provide for myself after this temporal short term, uh, job is over. And so how do we take the jobs that we have? How do we take our work everyday? How do we take our money every day and translate it into something that lasts forever? How do we translate it into not just our job conscious work? Uh, not just our money, but how do we make it something that’s internal? How do we turn money into relationships? How do we turn the wealth into friendships? That’s all for today and look forward to seeing you guys next week.

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