The main point of the parable in the beginning of Luke 16 and the story of the rich man and Lazarus is this: the age to come is infinitely more important and true faith will cause us to use our resources for eternal purposes. Verses 10-12 let us know that proper stewardship of our natural resources (money) is the proving ground to be given a greater, spiritual and eternal stewardship by God.
Jesus tells us the power of having faith in Luke 17:6: "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.” In verse 7–10 He gives a short parable to explain how we operate in this kind of faith... When we learn to simply obey God in faith, we will understand how things will obey us through faith. When we are truly submitted to His Word, His Word spoken through us will cause things to submit to us.
Only the one foreigner of the ten lepers came back to thank Jesus Christ for his healing (Luke 17:12-19). Let’s never take for granted what the Lord does for us. Whether small or big in our eyes, it’s all His grace; let’s use it as an opportunity to give Him praise and thanks!
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan