Is Jesus teaching three disconnected lessons in Luke 16, or is he driving at a specific lesson in the chapter?
Jesus taught with a regard for context. Slicing up portions of his teaching has created misunderstandings through the ages.
In Luke chapter 15, Jesus used three lessons: the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. Our duty is to find the lost and teach them the gospel. It was the very reason Jesus was sent into the world (1 Timothy 1:15).
Jesus taught three lessons in Luke chapter 16 including the unjust steward, the Pharisees’ love of money and the rich man and Lazarus. Why? Because, mindset results in either salvation or a lost soul. We are what we think. We will one day find ourselves where our thinking is taking us.
The steward had to change his mind because he could no longer hold his job. The Pharisees needed to change their minds about their love of money and turn that into obedience to God. The mindsets of the rich man and Lazarus are clear in two different destinations after death.
Many people have said, “My mind is made up, so don’t try to confuse me with the facts.” This is the problem. It described the Pharisees clearly! They had been listening to Jesus the entire time (Luke 16:14). Their rejection and hatred of Jesus spoke volumes about their mindset.
- “We know the law and you can’t tell us otherwise.”
- “You are not the Christ because the Christ will be a king like David!”
- “You eat with publicans and sinners and that’s wrong!”
It is impossible to read the gospels and the book of Acts and not see these things.
It is possible, however, for you and me to have these same kinds of mindsets. Perhaps, it is time to change our minds and make them conform to Jesus.