Jesus, like any effective teacher, knew how to get his audience’s attention. I’m sure his followers were scratching their heads and the critics were thinking they had some ammo to use against him!
But immediately Jesus gives the message behind the story: faithfulness to God can be measured.
Whether we have a lot or a little, what we own can quickly “own” us. Followers of Jesus know that all we have is really His and we are merely the managers. With this in mind, we can measure our faithfulness to Christ by examining how we are spending, investing and giving away the money and material goods we have. Let’s be honest here, you can be a generous giver without loving God, but you cannot really love God without becoming a generous giver.
The Bible teaches us to tithe (give a tenth of our income back to the church) and this is one of the reasons. This measuring of faithfulness is important because it helps us remember that God and His kingdom have first place in our life. Deuteronomy 14:23 says, “The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.” (TLB)
This parable brings the point home is a clever and memorable way. Let’s listen and learn!