The Parable of a Wise Manager
(1) Jesus told his disciples this parable (story): “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. (2) So the rich man called his manager in and asked him, ‘What are these bad reports that I am hearing about you? You need to give me an account of your management of my money, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’
(3) “The manager said to himself, ‘What should I do now? My master is taking away my job. And I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg. (4) I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job, people will welcome me into their homes.’
(5) “So the manager called in each person who owed money to his master. He asked the first person, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ (6) The man said, ‘Around 900 gallons (3,000 liters) of olive oil.’ The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write 450 gallons (1,500 liters)’ (7) Then he asked the second person, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A thousand bushels of wheat.’ The manager told him, ‘Take your bill and write 800 bushels.’
(8) “The rich man praised the dishonest manager because he acted with good judgment (shrewdness). For the people of this world (age) are more shrewd when dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. (9) I tell you, use the wealth of this world to make friends, so that when your earthly wealth is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal homes.
(10) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (11) So if you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (12) And if you have not been faithful with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”
You Cannot Serve Both God and Money
Luke 16:13-15 (Matthew 6:19-21)
Jesus said, (13) “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
(14) When the Pharisees heard this, they made fun of Jesus because they were lovers of money. (15) Jesus said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly in this world is detestable in God’s sight.”
The Good News of the Kingdom of God
Jesus said, (16) “The law of Moses and the (Old Testament) prophets was proclaimed until the coming of the prophet John. Since the coming of John, the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God is being preached, and whoever has strong faith is entering it (forcing their way into it).
(17) “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest stroke of a pen to be left out of the law of Moses.
(18) “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
The Parable of a Rich Man and Lazarus
Jesus told this parable (story): (19) “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. (20) A poor beggar named Lazarus—whose body was covered with sores—was laid at the rich man’s gate (21), hoping to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked Lazarus’ sores.
(22) “Lazarus died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, (23) and was being tormented in the realm of the dead (hades). He looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus at his side. (24) The rich man called out, ‘Father Abraham, have compassion on me and send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and and cool off my tongue, because I am suffering in this fire.’
(25) “But Abraham said to the rich man, ‘Son, you received all your luxurious things during your life on earth, while Lazarus only received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are suffering. (26) And besides, a great canyon has been placed between us, so that no one is able to cross to either side.’
(27) “The rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, Father Abraham, send Lazarus to my family, (28) for I have five brothers. Have Lazarus warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ (29) Abraham said, ‘They can believe Moses and the (Old Testament) prophets; let them listen to them.’ (30) But the rich man said, ‘No, Father Abraham, for if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent and turn to God.’ (31) Abraham said to him, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the (Old Testament) prophets during their life on earth, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”