Q&A

The Unjust Steward

Posted in Blog Entry, Q&A on March 20th, 2013 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

shalom :)
would you please share with me how you view Luke 16:1-13? (the unjust steward)
Thank you for sharing and teaching about God’s love. I’m very grateful God brought us to you.

- Curious Saint

Hello:

Thanks for your question and words of encouragement. Glad the teachings on www.seeinggrace.com are blessing you.

Briefly, this is what I see Jesus teaching in His parable about the unjust steward. In the parable, the owner praises the unjust steward, not for his dishonesty and theft of the owner’s property, but for his shrewdness.

The steward used money to bless people, the customers of the owner, by discounting their bill and thereby saving them tons of money. He knew he was about to get fired by the owner so he used the owner’s money to bless a lot of people so that when he was out on the street without a job he would have lots of friends who would help him out too.

Jesus said the sons of the darkness are wiser than the sons of the light because the sons of the light should use money and material things of this world to bless people so that they become not just friends, like with the unjust steward, but so they might come to see the goodness of God in a believer’s generosity and believe on Jesus. When they become believers, they are then brothers and sisters, now a part of the eternal family of God and they will welcome us in heaven, into eternal dwellings, when we pass from this temporary world and life.

I see the reality of this truth almost every week. I will be moved by God to give a gift to someone who is not a believer. It could be money, tickets to a game, gift card to a restaurant, etc. and they will be amazed that someone would do that for them. Then at the right time, I will speak of God’s love and what Jesus accomplished, and they are all ears. Seeds are planted and God will water and give the increase. As Jesus said, “a man cannot serve two masters.” Don’t serve money but serve God and use money to show his goodness to people in random and Spirit-led acts of kindness. I have lived like this for years by God’s grace and He has always given me a generous supply for my needs and my family’s needs and for giving away to bless others.

Use money and the things of this world to bless unbelievers (as well as believers) and they will listen intently when you tell them of God’s love in Jesus.

James

Allowing God’s Grace to Flow Through Us

Posted in Q&A on April 2nd, 2011 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

I had a recent conversation with a fellow saint that I wanted to share with you all.

Question:

“Hi Saint James,
I am having difficulty seeing the finished work in terms of letting His grace flow through me while I serve. Could you please tell me which sermon I can listen to to have more revelation. Much appreciated. ”

Answer:

Thanks for your question. Which sermon? Probably any one will do. Serving the Lord is all about resting in Him so that He can live through us and continue His service to the Father. In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes that it is not us but Christ that lives through us. That is a common thread in all my messages.

Read again the passage in the gospels where Martha is busily serving but Mary is seemingly not serving. Read again what Jesus said about that scene. Mary was resting in His presence.

We no longer serve God after the letter of the law, but rather we serve God after the newness of the Spirit, Romans 7 tells us. Love compels us to serve and it is no burden.

Do you doubt that God’s way of grace as revealed in the finished work of Christ will produce true service? If so, doubt no more. He knows what He is doing. Resting in Him will release His power in us to serve Him. We will produce “fruit that remains” if we serve Him through His strength. Do you believe this? As Paul said, “I labored more than them all (referring to the other apostles), yet not I, but the grace of God in me labored.”

Do you see it?

James

Response:

Hi James,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, i doubt but praise Jesus, by His grace, he is starting to make me believe. i feel like the guy that said yes i believe oh help me in my unbelief. By His grace, when i started to worry or fear, i meditate on that He is my very present help in time of need… whom shall i fear? And i started to feel better. May this seed grow into a tree that cant be plucked out! Also resting when hearing sermons.

Thanks…

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)