- Use Wealth to Bless Others rather than to indulge in oneself only; Not to bully, cheating and be unfair to others. Use wealth to build treasure on in heaven rather than on earth.
We spend much time on the teaching of Luke 16:8 Parable for the Dishonest Steward. The teaching are:
- Commendation is for the Wisdom and not the dishonesty.
- Sons of Light should be wise in the things of God. Jesus gave some principles in the following verses.
- Use wealth to make friends and for eternal life. i.e.. use wealth for expanding the Kingdom of God.
- Andrew will provide additional articles to shed more light on this parable.
- Be Mature first - Personal Conduct -
- Steadfast in our hearts - trusting in God
- No grumbling against others.
- No swearing or over-committing. Under delivering and breaking promises incurred condemnations.
- Then Caring for Others
- comfort the suffering
- celebrate with the cheerful
- pray and heal the sick
- sharing problems with one another
- pray for one another
- bring back those that wandered away from the truth and fellowship.
1. Of, relating to, or devoted to the temporal world.
2. Experienced in human affairs; sophisticated or worldly-wise:
Worldliness is not countered by keeping distant from the world but by letting the mind/attitude of Christ - a heart in love with God - shape our attitudes and mindset. "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds" (Romans 12:2).
Worldliness is trivialized when it is reduced to a laundry list of do's and don'ts. Worldliness is completely misunderstood when fear of it is used as a reason to separate from the world. True godliness is living out the loving heart of God in the midst of the world for the sake of the world at the expense of one's own welfare. It is to live like Jesus whose self-denial, self-giving, and humility demonstrated God's love for the world.
May it is easier to understand Worldliness by defining it as Ungodliness!