Many of Jesus’ parables dealt with stewardship, the idea that God has given everyone the ability to oversee a certain amount of God’s abundance, often describing the actions of servants that a king put in charge of his possessions while he was away. When the king returns, the servants are judged based on what they have done with the king’s possessions. The parable most closely associated with improving people’s standard of living features a servant that a king puts in charge of his entire household, including the other servants. This trusted servant must “give them [the other servants] their food at the proper time” (Matt 24:45). If the servant uses the king’s wealth to care for the other servants well, then the servant will be trusted with even greater possessions to care fo

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