The Children of this World are in their Generation Wiser than the Children of Light

 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. (Lk. 16:8 KJV)

Did you realize who said those words above? It was Jesus, and He ended that verse with a conclusion that should awaken us all. He says “The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Jesus, saying the unsaved are wiser in an aspect of life than the saints? That should catch your attention!

The context is undoubtedly key to understanding what Jesus was saying. He had spoken a parable of a servant who misused his master’s money and was going to be fired for this. When the servant learned he will likely lose his job, he did something dishonest and reduced the debt of the all the master’s debtors so that if he gets fired, these debtors will favor him. When the master heard what the servant did, he commended that servant for his wisdom. He did not, of course, approve his dishonesty, but his thoughtfulness to handle present situations in preparation for his future.

Let me bring this parable home to us. The world knows how to make and handle money and wealth than the saints. Wealth creation has not been the strength of the overwhelming majority of the church. We know about heaven, and the world knows about the earth.  The world controls the resources of the earth, yet the scripture says the silver and gold of the earth belong to our Father. The children of the kingdom are like beggers, while servants ride upon horses. Really sad.  My people perish for lack of knowledge. They are anointed but lack practical insight into the affairs of this present life. May the Lord turn around our captivity. May the Lord activate in us the power to create and handle wealth.

MEDITATE

Can you distinguish the prudence of the servant from his dishonesty in the Parable mentioned above?

APPLY THE WORD

There is no question the Lord will financially empower His people, but not through the complicated financial systems full of greed in disguise that is flooding in many Church circles. The Lord wants people who can be empowered to create and handle wealth, and not get lost through the deceitfulness of riches, or turn His kingdom into their business or loose spiritual stamina because of money. Can he entrust wealth to you? Would you remain faithful? Brethren, prepare yourself for what the Spirit is doing and get connected!

PRAY

Ask the Lord to help you build the capacity to handle money so that money will not ruin your relationship with Him.  

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  1. I don’t believe that scripture is just about money. I have been blessed by the Lord financially and with provision since becoming a widow in February of this year. However, I was interested in this scripture because I’m noticing Christians being UNWISE over the food and pharmaceuticals, surgeries, etc. that they put in their bodies and allow done to their bodies. I went to a Christian food pantry yesterday because I was wanting to volunteer there. I was sent home with a sample of the food that the other people were getting. Their food was CRAP! I threw most ALL of it away once I got home. Laden with processed sugar, high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, hydrogenated fats, etc. People eating this food WILL make them poor; because they will end up in the hospital! . . . and yet the limited people that I’m seeing are wiser about their eating habits are usually people of THIS WORLD!

    1. That is an interesting thought Carol. The context of this Parable is clearly about money or material things. But your interpretation is interesting enough that I will like to know how you got to it. What part of this verse or passage made you think Jesus was referring to food, etc?

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