Jesus is crystal clear as He tells us to “use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9, NIV) What? He then says that if we are “trustworthy in handling worldly wealth” we will be trusted “with true riches.” (Luke 16:11) Okay.
Then, He warns us, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he hates the one and loves the other, or he is devoted to the one and despises the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Luke 16:13) Yes, I got that.
So, Jesus tells us to be shrewd with our use of money, to wield it as the powerful tool it actually is in this world. He encourages us that if we use worldly wealth to our advantage, i.e. to His advantage then we may be trusted with the good news as well. Don’t waste what God gives to you, says Jesus. At the same time, He commands us : Do not serve Wealth for “what is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” (Luke 16:15)