22 September 2013

Luke 16:1-13

"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in very much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest in much." (v.10)


In this whole section of Luke's Gospel, Jesus is telling the wealthy people not to be so interested in their money that they ignore God.

There have been lots of interpretations of today's reading, and whom Jesus might have been aiming his message at. But we do know that there is an overall theme to Jesus' message, and indeed God's message throughout the whole Bible - namely that injustice and oppression anger and hurt God, whilst generosity and being focussed on God are the right way to live.

It also worth noting, that Jesus maybe using money as an analogy for all types of possessions, skills and 'riches'.

One of the many challenges we are given in this Bible passage is, are we trustworthy? Do we use the skills, possessions and wealth we have wisely? The Bible often links issues of trust in with human relationships, this therefore makes this passage even more challenging… if we can't be trusted with money, can we be trusted to do right in our relationships?

To Ponder

  • How does money affect your relationships?
  • If Jesus was making these points to the religious leaders and powerful men of the day, who might these comments be aimed at today?
  • Is there a link with power, wealth and a temptation to take one's eyes off God?

Bible notes author

Alison Parker

Alison Parker worked as the Equalities and Diversity Project Officer for the Methodist Church. She worked to bring together a theology of equalities and diversity, an equal opportunities policy for the Methodist Church, and a resource for local churches to use to support us as we celebrate diversity and seek equality.