The Bible says, “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the UNRIGHTEOUS MAMMON [unrighteous riches] who will commit to your trust the TRUE RICHES? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:11) Check it out, “TRUE RICHES vs. UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES.”
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
Many people seek job security, positive return on investments, property, boats, cars, money in the checking, big savings accounts, partnerships, registered LLC’s, etc. Frankly, all of these wants are great but we’ve got to review them in light of GOD’S WORD!
In the New Testament, Dr. Luke talks about a certain rich man whose steward wasted his goods (unrighteous mammon). Sounds familiar? So the rich man called the steward saying, “Give an account of thy stewardship for thou mayest be no longer be steward.” (Luke 16:2) Right away, we see Dr. Luke’s statement come true, “….who will commit to your trust unrighteous mammon [unrighteous riches]?”
Naturally, the steward began thinking within himself, “I’m gonna be ashamed and out of a job.” So, the steward called every one of his lord’s debtors to collect. Shortly, the rich man heard about the unjust steward’s quick thinking and collection activities that he commended the unjust steward.
Unfortunately, the steward’s salvage activities was below average. You see, he collected fifty percent (50%) of the debt owed to his lord. As the unfaithful steward called each debtor, he said, “How much owest thou unto my lord? And the debtor said, an hundred measures of oil. And the steward said take thy bill …sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then he said to another debtor, how much owest thou? And the debtor said, an hundred measures of wheat. And the steward said unto him, take thy bill and write fourscore.” (Luke 16:5-7) There’s no telling how many debtors were lined-up to pay their bills. However, the rich man was glad to get something rather than nothing! In fact, anybody would be glad to something back!
In truth, worldly men and women (whether top level CEO’s or folk at the bottom delivering coffee and donuts) plot, scheme, lie, cheat, back stab one another to get ahead. Why? They do it for unrighteous mammon (unrighteous riches). You see, these people are unrighteous and they seek unrighteous rewards. Does this make sense to you? They seek the riches which have wings and fly away! They line their pockets with gold but the pockets have holes in them.
On the contrary, Dr. Luke is promoting “TRUE RICHES” not UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES. In the spiritual realm, “True Riches” lead to eternal life forever. Those who worship the True GOD must worship HIM in “spirit and truth.” The New Testament tells us that the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, “Walk in the SPIRIT and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:16-18) As many of you know, the law is only a school master for the wicked!
Question: What are the works of the flesh and how are they manifested? I’m so glad you asked! Galatians 5:19-21 reads, “Now the works of the flesh are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God..” Thus, the works of the flesh are the lusts of the flesh and they go after unrighteous riches. And, unrighteous riches are temporary (not eternal). They fade away because as riches have wings and their reward/glory is only momentary. In fact, people forget the things and sacrifices others make for them! In fact many rich people leave their money to their adult children who burn (baby burn) through the seed money. Usually, the sons or daughters have no clue how their parent(s) suffered to earn a nest egg for them. Most of them (not all) live as Prophet Job’s first set of adult children. Remember, Job got up early every day and made an offering for them to GOD! Job said, “They may have sinned against God.”
Now you see why we all (as Christians) have the same concerns to walk in the Spirit as our flesh (the members of our body) are always tugging and pulling on us to fulfil fleshly desires. That’s why so many of us stay in trouble! For instance, if a man sees a pretty woman and/or a woman sees a handsome man, his or her flesh may intimately desire to know that person. You feel me?
So, what kind of spiritual things should we seek? Lets go back to the WORD of GOD. The manifestations of good clean spiritual living is more rewarding than the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Therefore, our flesh has to die; yet, we can still enjoy the wonderful blessings of God.
Apostle Matthew tells us, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. BUT lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through to steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-20)
Finally, “TRUE RICHES vs. UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES” as the Spirit is at war with the flesh.
Have a Blessed Day!