Thursday, November 30(17), 2023
1Tim. 3:1-13; Lk. 16:1-9
Look at the steward accused of wasting his master’s property [Lk. 16:1-7]: how cleverly he has found a way out of deep trouble! I wish we all could be as clever as he at providing for our future after passing away from this life! But, unfortunately, this is not so: “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” [Lk. 16:8].
Why did the steward get to work with such haste and resolve? Because the trouble was at hand. The sense of urgency stirred up his energy and intelligence, and soon the solution was found. And what about us? Are we not aware of the impending trouble? Death might take us at any moment, and then ─ “give an account of thy stewardship”. Everyone knows about it, and yet nearly no one is doing anything to help.
What makes us so mindless? Apparently, we cannot think that we are about to die, always hoping to live a little bit longer; even without making definite plans, we imply that our death is far away. Therefore, the trouble also seems far away, and we delay indefinitely any measures to alleviate it. No one would consciously live the entire life in carelessness, though everyone is willing to have fun today and put off hard decisions till tomorrow. But since each day of our life here on earth is a “today” which is assumed to be followed by a “tomorrow”, we remain careless about or future.