Luke 16:1 “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.”
Luke 16:2 “And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.”
Luke 16:2 “So he called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? You’re fired. And I want a complete audit of your books.'”(MSG)
Audit is usually carried out by an external body, but then, the best form of audit is self-audit! A man that personally audits himself will always walk tall and free. He will not be afraid to open his books for anybody. Hear this:
Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently…”
Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely…”(NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:15 “Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves…”
In Deut. 4:9, God spoke through Moses to the Israelites telling them specifically to take heed to themselves. In other words, they were to always do a self-audit. God seems to be telling them that if they did a proper self-audit they would live well and enjoy the new land which he had brought them into.
Paul also admonished his spiritual son, Timothy, along the same line. Hear this:
1 Timothy 4:16 “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”(NIV)
1 Timothy 4:16 “Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
Paul told him to watch his life and how he lived it. In other words, he must regularly do a self-audit or self-assessment so as to live well and achieve greater success, especially in soul winning.
Why this long talk about audit?
To be continued…
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