Questions Jesus Asked
“So, if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
This blog is dedicated to my youngest daughter Natasha. Someday she will win a Monopoly competition and make us all very proud. If the Monopoly tournament is the Christmas Story edition, watch out! I have to be honest and say that I had never finished a game of Monopoly in my entire life until Natasha came along. During the summer Natasha meets me at the door every afternoon with the dice in her hand. Kim will play with her until it’s time for dinner. I’ll take over until dinner is ready. If there is any more free time between dinner and bedtime, we will finish the game we are playing or we will start a new one.
I love teaching our daughters how to play Monopoly. It’s great training for them to learn the lessons of capitalism. The major flaw in Monopoly is collecting $200 just for passing “GO” Other than that, it’s a really fun game. Monopoly teaches them to think ahead with their money. It teaches them to invest early and invest wisely. It teaches them to be strategic with their money. It also teaches them to stay out of jail and stay out of debt. I’m learning how they will respond when they are given the real tools of life to work with.
God sees our money as a training tool for real wealth. It’s all a game to him. Our greenbacks are nothing more than play money, whether they are backed by the gold standard or the FDIC. God is looking for people to handle his affairs. He is interested in having men and women in our world represent his interests. He knows that those of us who can’t be honest with play money, can’t be trusted with real wealth. If we mismanage the temporary paper money we have been given, we can’t be trusted to handle God’s eternal truths.
Jesus’ question for this week is very pointed. “….who will trust you with true riches?” God is looking for people to represent his interests on earth. He is looking for applicants who understand stewardship. Most of all, he wants people who see worldly wealth as a tool to be used for relationships, instead of a commodity to be collected for ourselves.