“Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.” (Luke 16:3)
In this story Jesus introduces us to a man who has been entrusted with the estate of another. His job was to oversee the fiscal operations of the wealthy man’s affairs, insuring that all was running smoothly and with profit.
But the guy wasn’t doing his job. When news of this reached his employer, the man was called in to give an account of the accusations against him. Realizing he was busted he then made this admission to himself – “What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.”
The genius of this story, as told by Jesus, is that it uncovers the three basic life choices every person is faced with in today’s world. Those three choices are 1) Beggar, 2) Digger, and 3) Steward. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
The Beggar. The word Jesus used means “to ask again and again.” It carries the sense of posturing oneself in a place where pity moves another to help, and yet also holds a hint of demand; as though the beggar is imposing upon another person a sense of indebtedness. In other words, “You owe this to me because you are rich, and I am poor.”
God does not want us to live as beggars.
Jesus said, “I came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly: (John 10:10). In Christ we can live a life that is above the common; a life that is blessed in every way.
Paul tells us, “we are God’s own handiwork, His workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus; born anew that we may do those good works which God planned beforehand for us; taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them. Yes, living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.” (Eph 2:10, Amplified Bible).
Decide today that you are done with begging. Ask God to show you how to take the first step into a life of personal responsibility; a life He can bless and use to bring others upward and move them onward; a life that brings honor to your Creator, and joy to your soul; a life that cause others to shout praises to God!
“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, ‘Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’” (Psa 35:27).
We will look at Option #2 tomorrow.