Deal with the world through God

Luke 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘There was a rich man and he had a steward denounced to him for being wasteful with his property. He called for the man and said, “What is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of your stewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer.”

Then the steward said to himself, “Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes.”
Then he called his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, “How much do you owe my master?” “One hundred measures of oil” was the reply. The steward said, “Here, take your bond; sit down straight away and write fifty.” To another he said, “And you, sir, how much do you owe?” “One hundred measures of wheat” was the reply. The steward said, “Here, take your bond and write eighty.”
‘The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.’

Scripture:The words in the scripture that spoke to me today are

The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.’

Observation: What is Jesus saying personally to me today- Deal with the world through God

People are survivors, addicts with out much money can still get what they need to satisfy their addiction, dishonest people appear to be able to gain wealth and power that isn’t deserved. We use our gifts to get by in this world but we are called to more than get by. To achieve a definition of success of peace and joy, we have the greatest gift of all at our disposal, the Holy Spirit, which will bring us much more than just our next fix or material possessions.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

Application: How do I respond to what you are saying personally to me today?

For me to experience success, I need to deal with the world through God. My decisions, my actions, my responses all need to be guided by Gods Holy Spirit. Today, I need to speak in to a situation with the Holy Spirit and leave the results up to God. My own intentions must be ignored other than to be guided by him. My words, actions and response must be nothing more than an opportunity for the spirit to speak not me. I sometimes get so confused [which is good] that the only way forward in this world is to leave it up to Him, so that’s what I will do!

Prayer:

Lord,
My success is your success, lead me Holy Spirit.
I do not have the way, you have the way, show it to me.
I surrender again, take away my own desires and replace them with yours.
Peace and joy in and through me Jesus.
Amen