Upon what is your faith built? What is the central focus and teaching of your church? Is it on Christ and His innocent sufferings and death for the sins of the world? Or is it out of focus, off-kilter, and built upon some other teaching or foundation?
Are you justified in God's eyes? Does God count you just and righteous and holy in His sight? Or, are you guilty and condemned, headed for eternal damnation because of your sins? See what Jesus has to say about this in His parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector — Luke 18:9-14.
What do we learn from the unjust steward? What is Jesus teaching us with this parable?
With this parable, Jesus instructs us concerning wise use of the money and earthly goods that are entrusted to us by God. While Jesus does not commend the wickedness of the unjust steward, He does hold up the wisdom of this unjust steward as an example for us.
Jesus provided salvation for us in His atoning sacrifice on the cross and, through the faithful preaching and teaching of His Word, calls us to trust in Him, but He warns us of false prophets who would mislead us into unbelief and sin and rob us of the salvation He offers and gives to us.
How important are lost souls to you? Would God have you avoid lost sinners or reach out to them with the Word of God that they too might repent of their sins and look to Christ Jesus and His cross for mercy and forgiveness? Consider the lesson Jesus teaches with the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin.
Luke 14:16-24 — The banquet is ready; Christ made atonement for all sin; the invitation is out to "come, for all things are now ready." Will you come to Christ in faith or make excuses not to come and receive the forgiveness and life He won for you? The reference to Ephesians 7 is to Ephesians 1:7.