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The Parable of The Wise Steward

(Luke 12:42-48)

And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has” (Luke 12:42-44).

Many parables of Jesus speak about honor and reward. Jesus is a rewarder of people who do good work for Him. Some people would say that we are all equal in the Kingdom and that God does not favor any one person over another. This is true. We are all saved by the grace of God. We are all saved through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed at Calvary, but it seems that the Lord was saying here that those who have been faithful on earth—those who have been wise—those who have used what was entrusted to them on earth wisely—are going to be rewarded and made ruler over many other people and things.

As an example, let us take Sydney, Australia. We need one ruler over the whole city, but it is made up of many suburbs and each of the suburbs could do with a Mayor. Then, there are different functions in each of the suburbs. There are people in charge of the water, people in charge of electricity and people in charge of education. There are different positions within the suburb so there are many levels of responsibility in the society that we live in.

It is true that when Jesus Christ returns He will physically rule from Jerusalem for a thousand years and then after that time this earth will be burnt up and He will create a new Heaven and a new earth. During this one thousand year reign, called the Millennium, there are going to be many positions of leadership in the new Kingdom. He is going to have people who are faithful to Him in these leadership positions. If He promotes someone to be head over all the suburbs of Sydney city, they have to be someone who has had good administrative experience.

Often, people look at their life on earth and wonder whether it is going to be used in Heaven. People work in jobs that they love and cannot imagine themselves doing any other sort of job. This could be true. When you work on earth, you may do that job in Heaven. Jesus was hinting at this. He said that He will make you ruler over many things if you are faithful.

There are many positions up for grabs; positions available for the average person. Not everyone will apply themselves on our future life on earth. Not everyone will live to the potential that God has set for His people just as not everyone does now on earth.

Jesus is not a hard taskmaster: He is an encouraging Savior. He allows you to develop your gifts naturally and then gives you more practical experience until you become proficient. Jesus promotes people through levels of authority. Not only will there be promotion in the Kingdom to come when Jesus reigns on earth, but there is promotion in the Kingdom for those on earth today, who prove themselves worthy.

Some people prove that they are wise stewards of God’s money, resources, time and talents on earth. This is not just something for the future. If you look at people like Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince and other preachers, you will find that they have been promoted to television ministries, book writing ministries, tapes and CD ministries and big convention ministries. They have big and powerful ministries on earth today. They have been promoted and given much glory and power in today’s world.

These parables do not have to be in future tense. Jesus preached the parables for a few reasons—as a promise of what is going to happen in the future, but also for a practical day by day experience. I hope that you are catching the practical application of this parable today.

But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers, and that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes, but he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:45-48).

I have to say in conclusion, this being the last parable, that all the stripes are avoidable. While growing up, you knew as a child that you would be punished if you broke your curfew or you stole money from your father’s wallet. As a child you were given definite boundaries, and at those times that you got into trouble, you might have been smacked or even beaten with a strap. You, as a child, did not have to suffer that consequence. You did not have to receive any punishment. You could have avoided it by being obedient to your mother and father.

So, too, with this parable; I believe that a Christian doesn’t need to receive correction from Jesus Christ, because the Holy Spirit will bring them to a place of repentance.

However, The Bible is adamant that there is punishment for people who are opposed to God’s will in their life: People who are using and abusing others to acquire wealth; people who are drunk and violent; people who are totally self-centered with no thought of others in their life. At the moment of death, they will know what lies before them!

But everyone has the opportunity to come to know Jesus and do things the right way. I’m not saying that Christians always do things right! The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that they see sin for what it is and call out to God for His mercy. His forgiveness cleanses them and the matter is forgotten. They have the assurance, that though they constantly fail, they will never be cut off from the family of God. Because they are not clothed with their own righteousness, but have Christ’s righteousness imputed to them, they know that their future is in safe hands.

Bear in mind: Those who have been given much opportunity, much will be expected from them: to those who have been given little opportunity, much less will be expected from them. Like loving parents who at times must punish their children: these “stripes” could have been avoided! Our legal system has its consequences, but some people manage to beat the legal system, by not ending up with the full punishment they deserve. God is bigger than any earthly judge! His judgments cannot be interfered with by man: no one will be able to cheat God’s system! We can deceive others and even ourselves, but God sees not only what we do but what we even think.

There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13

Ultimately, there is only one sin that excludes a person from heaven: that sin is the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. To live your life independent of God will mean that you will spend eternity, independent of Him as well.

Jesus said: “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:34-36

I trust that by sharing these parables of Jesus with you, that you have been blessed. I pray that you will begin to read the Bible and find out for yourself how very much God loves you and how wonderful it is to come into an intimate relationship with the Creator God. There is no better life!

God bless you. I pray that you will write to me, post me a comment or ask me a question. God bless you. Bye.


Conclusion/Appendix

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the reading of The Parables of Jesus made simple. I trust that it’s been both informative and interesting and you’ve learned much from it. I’ve had a number of reviewers read the book so far and I’ve been very pleased that it has intrigued them, inspired them, and encouraged them.

This book has been written for various readers: long term Christians: new believers; and for people who have not yet come to salvation. Specifically, I want to talk to people who have read this book and who are not of the Christian faith at the moment, but would like to be. I want to mention a prayer that you can pray that will invite Jesus into your life and after saying it with sincerity, will mean that you have become a Christian!

So, if you feel that you want to give your life to Jesus Christ, who is the only way to God, just repeat this prayer to God in Heaven and He will accept you into His family. Then let a mature Christian know what you have done so that they can support you as you step out to a whole new life.

Dear Father in Heaven,

I acknowledge that I have many faults and I have not allowed you to be boss in my life. I have gone my own way. I see through the reading of this book that You are an all knowing God and Your Son on earth was a perfect reflection of Yourself being full of love and compassion. I know that one day He’s going to return to Earth as King and Judge. I acknowledge Him to be all He said He was, the Son of God and the Redeemer of this world. I want to give my life to Him and serve Him from this day forth. Thank you for sending Jesus to be my Savior. Dear Jesus, I ask you to come into my life to be my Lord and my Savior. I ask that your Holy Spirit will guide my life from this day forward. I am eternally repentant for my sins. I am sorry for the things I’ve done in the past and from this day forth I will lean on your strength to show me a better way. I ask that you will direct my steps; that you cause me to hear Your promptings in my spirit and be my close friend until the day we meet in Heaven.

In Jesus’ name, I ask all these things. Amen.”

Now, for people who are Christians, there’s a prayer that I’d like to encourage you to pray and I believe that Jesus will answer that prayer for you. This prayer is a deeper commitment to God in order to live a more focused life that will fulfill your destiny. Here’s a prayer for new Christians and mature Christians who just want to go further with God.

Dear Father,

Father, there is so much that I need to learn about You. Thank you for being so patient with me and for forgiving me when I don’t measure up. Father I want to live a deeper life with You. I ask that you will lead me to the teachers of your choosing so that I will never be deceived with wrong teaching. Thank you for the Scriptures and for Your Holy Spirit who brings revelation. Cause me to be more open to Your leading in my life. I ask You, dear Father, that You’d lead me to the right spiritual gifts test so that I can acknowledge my spiritual gifts. I pray that You would also show me what I’m destined to become. Bring to my memory; use any resource You have so that I know what my purpose on earth is. Then, help me to achieve that purpose. Father, I want every day to bring You glory from now on.

Lead me to other writers who can expound Your truth to me in a simple way to make my life more honoring to You. Cause me to desire to praise you and thank you more and more. Help me to live a life that’s worthy of You so that I might become a light to all those I meet. Help me to become a super Christian, someone who fulfills all these parables in their daily life and can live with a life full of joy. Send Your presence and send Your angels, and lead me into a totally fulfilled life here on earth.

In Jesus name I ask all these things, Amen.”

Andrew Wommack shared his testimony how he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said “I got down on my knees one evening in a field in Dallas, Texas, and said ‘God I don’t know about all this speaking in tongues and the baptism in the Holy Spirit that people are talking about, but if there’s a way I can praise you, a way I can magnify you, a way I can go beyond my human English language, I want it. I started worshiping God and as I did, the Holy Spirit gave me a language, an utterance that I hadn’t known or learned.’”

Acts 2:4 says “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Who did the speaking? They did. Who gave the utterance? The Holy Spirit!

A man called Don W Basham wrote a book called “Ministering the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.” Here, he points out the steps of receiving this Baptism. Once you understand what is required of you, you will be able to speak in a heavenly prayer language. This ability means you are praying God’s will over things and not your own thoughts.

This book explains that when Jesus summoned Peter to step out of the boat and walk on the water, that Peter only had to do what he had always done – to walk. When Peter began his walk of faith, God was right there to do His part. Peter walked: Jesus honored his faith and kept him from sinking. Physically it was no harder for Peter to walk, as it was if he was in shallow water. So the miracle was not in Peter walking but that he didn’t sink. Peter by faith had to initiate the miracle and we have to initiate by faith the miracle of speaking in tongues. God always has a part for us to play by faith, before He will do His big part!

We must open our mouths to speak and expect that God will speak through us. Forget you even know your native language because if you start speaking that, you will only have to stop and start over. Even the Holy Spirit can’t make you speak two languages at the same time.

The word for “breath” is the same as the word for “spirit” in Greek and Hebrew. As you breathe in believe that the Spirit is coming into your life in a more powerful way. You must know that you will receive Him by faith not by “feelings.” Most people don’t feel anything! Believe you are breathing in the Holy Spirit and then as you release your breath: let strange words come out with your breath. The Holy Spirit will then take over. If you can say five words you can say five thousand words. Use this language each time you pray and you will grow stronger and stronger in the Lord.

Father, I accept that part of Your perfect plan for me is that I ask Your Son to baptize me with the power of the Holy Spirit so that His gifts will manifest in my life. I need these gifts to be a witness to Your power so that my life will be a testimony of Your glory. Father, please remove any obstacles in my mind. I release any conscious or sub-conscious defenses and I step out by faith to receive Your will for me.

I surrender my tongue and my vocal chords to the Holy Spirit. As I take in a breath I will not only expel that breath but with that breath I will begin to speak strange words knowing that the Holy Spirit will then take over and speak His utterances through my mouth. I understand it is a work of faith and I believe that Jesus will baptize me as I do my part. Thank You Lord.

In Jesus name I ask, Amen.” Now put into practice what you have just said you would!

I encourage you to use this book as a manual. Put it in your bookshelf and take it out from time to time, and re-read the parables. Even though I am the author, I will still need to go back and read what it says, because so much of the truths that are shared didn’t come from me; they came from the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I think that you, as someone who has read this book for the first time, might well do with revisiting it again.

I encourage you to obtain copies of this book for your friends and family. There are reviews on this book on Amazon.com that both you and they can read.

I want to give you some websites that you may want to visit and spend some time looking at. First of all, I want to mention Andrew Wommack. He’s Andrew Wommack’s Ministries and his website is listed below. He’s one of the most dynamic and professional speakers of the Word of God. He’s totally transformed my life and as you’ve read this book, I highly recommend him to you. You can listen to all of his television broadcasts going back ten years on his website. So if you’ve got a broadband connection, I’d suggest you look at him.

Andrew’s website is at http://www.awmi.net/

Joyce Meyer produces a half hour television show on her website that’s listed below. Every day I suggest you tap into Joyce Meyer; she’s one of the best Christian teachers in the whole world. She is one of my favorites and she’s has plenty of subjects to preach on and heaps of practical information for those of you who have just given your life to Jesus. .

Joyce Meyer’s website is at http://www.joycemeyer.org/

Joseph Prince is another good preacher who expounds God’s grace. Visit his website that’s listed below and tap into some of the teaching that he has on understanding the finished work of the Cross. His message called “Condemnation Kills but the Spirit Gives Life” is extremely powerful and I highly recommend it.

Joseph Prince’s website is at http://www.josephprince.org/

I encourage you to visit my website that has my whole book published on it for free.

My website with this whole book on it is at http://www.parables-of-jesus-christ.net/

Once again, I encourage you to share this link with your Facebook friends. If you can’t buy them a physical copy of a book, at least send them a link to this website where they can read this material. I pray that you will be blessed and I encourage any of you to write to me at my email address listed below. Write to me and ask me any questions that you’d like to ask about your Christian faith or things mentioned in this book.

My personal email is survivors.sanctuary@gmail.com

I encourage you to live a prosperous Christian life. I encourage you to find good teachers of the Word of God and simply apply the practical parables that are mentioned in this book. Look out for other books that I am going to write in the future.

God Bless You!

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Jesus by his work on the cross: has done what the old Law could never do! This new system is meant for all people everywhere to enter into. No one can fully obey the Ten Commandments or other commandments in the Old Testament Law. It is impossible to fulfill the Law, because every time you break one commandment, you break them all, as it is said in the book of James 2:10 “For whoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

The whole world suffers and groans with the effects that sin has on people. We are not to be totally blamed for our sin. Our tendency to sin came from Adam, who was the first person to ever sin. That sin “disease” was passed down genetically to all people everywhere. The sin nature we have all inherited is like a disease and the effects of this disease are borne out in wars, genocide, criminal behavior, earthquakes, famines, calamities, starvation and sicknesses. All the suffering of the world comes from man’s original act of sin.

Some churches teach that, while a person has all their sins forgiven at salvation, they must maintain good works and keep themselves holy in order to be forgiven from that time onwards. That is an error! Jesus says if you are going to be part of the new Covenant: if you are going to receive “the new patch,” representing God’s grace: if you are covered with the patch of Jesus’ grace” you can’t mix that with the old garment – the old Covenant! If you try to mix the old and the new, it will make the tear worse!

God’s laws are good for us, they protect us and they set boundaries which we all need, just like a parent is to love their children and to give them boundaries. But, if we focus on the Law and not on the Lawmaker we will come under condemnation and God does not want that. We are to place our trust in Jesus and His Holy Spirit in us, who will give us the power to live a God pleasing life.

God would prefer that you do not read your Bible at all if you open it up with some sense of religion—that you have to do it to be a good Christian. God would prefer that you do not go to church than for you go for hypocritical reasons coming from a legalistic mind-set. Jesus would be justified in feeling insulted, if you want to follow and practice a set of rules just to impress Him or to impress other people. Ask God to make His priorities your priorities - He will!

I am not saying here that Jesus wants you to disobey the Law or His precepts. Instead, I am saying that if you live in liberty, with the understanding that you are forgiven and you are already righteous and holy—if you understand that there is nothing further you need to do, to make you more accepted—that God loves you fully for who you are and sees you holy and beautiful right now—if you understand this—you will do these things because you love God and for no other reason. You will draw closer to God for all the right reasons. But if you try and mix a set of rules with the New Covenant Gospel of grace, you will end up with a big tear in your life.

I recommend you to check out the teaching of Andrew Wommack who has given me the reason for writing this book. I would never have been able to write as I have except that he was used by God to correct my theology. For this I am forever thankful.



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