(1-13) The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
Jesus tells this parable not to commend dishonesty and selfishness, but to recommend that His followers be able to deal shrewdly in the work of God just as unsaved people deal shrewdly in the things of the world. Be wise as serpents, we are told in another passage, and harmless as doves. If we are unfaithful and unable to make good judgments in the things of God, how can we do the opposite in our own things?
(19-31) The Rich Man and Lazarus
We can only decide our eternal status while we are living. Once we die, our fate is sealed and the great fixed chasm prevents those who are in Heaven from crossing into hell and vice versa. If we choose to believe in Christ at some point in our life, we will be by His side forever after death. If we choose not to believe in Christ during our life, we will be forever separated from Him after death.
Favorite verse: (22) The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.