Management or mismanagement?


Some say I have spent so much money and time and energy in order to come to this position so should I not take some benefit out of it for myself and for my own. Some call it fringe benefits. We groan under this malaise of graft and wanton corruption.
The very first book of the Bible says that God gave the human beings dominion (management) over the whole world, to look after it. After having created the universe it is said: “And God blessed them, and God said to them ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth’,” (Genesis 1.28).
Notice here that dominion does not mean ‘do as you fancy or destroy according to your wish’ but rather it means control, channelize so that it achieves what God wants it to achieve.

Jesus gave a parable about a dishonest steward (Luke 16.1-11) who mismanaged his master’s goods and when he was going to lose his job found friends for himself by committing further crimes rewriting the accounts because he thought of his future and wanted to provide for himself. Jesus asks: “Do you think of your future too? Should you not try to do the right thing as eagerly as this unjust steward did for his future? The one who rewards your goodness is the Lord.” He will say: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” (Mathew 25.23).

So should you succumb to the prevailing atmosphere of graft and corruption in society? Should you not react and be ready even to forgo your legitimate rights rather than encourage corruption? Those who are corrupt and encourage corruption would perhaps hear the terrible words of condemnation: “Depart from me, you cursed, into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mathew 25.41).
So, friend learn to manage well your God-given life and look for happiness that would endure. Remember that if you store your treasure in heaven it would last because there no thief would steal what is yours. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Mathew 6. 19-20).

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