How Christians handle earthly resources or “unrighteous wealth or money” (Luke 16:9, 11, 13) matters to God. For “one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much” (v10). To be faithful, in this context, is to use physical means to benefit others who will “receive you into the eternal dwellings” (v9). Temporal riches are switched for eternal gains!
Jesus contrasts those who are unfaithful. First, they lose out on heavenly riches by enriching themselves with earthly ones (v 1). Second, they lose out on possessing these heavenly riches by treating earthly ones as theirs. For earthly resources are not theirs to own but belong to God (v12, “that which is another’s”). All in all, those who are unfaithful are shortsighted; they miss out in the long run.
On the other hand, faithful Christians do all that is necessary with God’s earthly perishable resources for eternal rewards that cannot be destroyed. These earthly possessions are under their temporary management now. Their wise stewardship will lead to heavenly imperishable assets under their permanent management in the future. One cannot go wrong when exchanging temporary resources for eternal treasures.
SYFC takes seriously the resources God has given us. Our stewardship is exemplified in the way we use them, as evidenced in the following write-up.