what does it really mean to use your resources wisely?

treevalley in the inner city

maybe you’ve heard something like this before: “i want to give, but i want to make sure i give wisely.”  so what do we actually mean by that?  what does it look like to live and give of our resources wisely?  i’ve been exploring questions like this, especially brought to a head with the book that i read called toxic charity.  yet, something didn’t quite sit right with the answers i was given.

then, in the GUTS training that im currently in the midst of, we studied this passage about the “shrewd manager” (Luke 16:1-13) that has always puzzled me.   at first glance it seems that Jesus is essentially praising this really shady character who rips off his master through some underhanded dealings.  the interpretations that i’ve had before were fuzzy ideas along the lines of Jesus is telling us not to be dishonest but to be shrewd…

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