The subject is money, and the object is to teach us the proper place of money in life.
1. We can waste money (1).
Stewards should use wealth for their masters’ good and not for their own pleasure (1 Cor. 4: 2). God wants us to enjoy His gifts (1 Tim. 6: 17), but He also wants us to employ them wisely.
2. We can serve God with money (2–9).
The man had a rude awakening: he had to give an account of his stewardship (Rom. 14: 10–12; 2 Cor. 5: 10). Then he learned to be wise and to invest wealth in people and in the future. We do not “buy” friends, but we can make friends for the Lord by the wise use of money.
Will people welcome you to heaven because your stewardship made it possible for them to hear the gospel and be saved?
3. We can try to serve God and money (10–18).
The Pharisees tried it but it cannot be done. How can you serve both righteousness and unrighteousness, what is greatest and what is least, what God honors and what He abominates? The world measures people by how much they get, but God measures them by how much they give.
4. We can let money be our god (19–31).
The rich man did not go to Hades because he was rich; he went there because riches were his god. Abraham was a wealthy man, and yet he was in paradise. Money can help send people to heaven (v. 9), or it can help send people to hell.
“Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”
“Money is a wonderful servant, a terrible master, and an abominable god.”