The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? Luke 16:1-12
I am wrestling with a story that Jesus told his disciples. The man in our story was a middle manager about to lose his job, so to prepare for the future he basically slashed the amount certain customers owed the company and secured for himself their favor, should he find himself on hard times. I guess you can do anything you want on your last day of work! Yes, he was dishonest, but he was commended for his creativity and shrewdness. Whether he was rightly fired for wasting the masters possessions we are not told, but he impressed the master. How much more will be commended if we do both- act righteously and creatively!
How creative am I with God’s resources? Am I acting shrewdly and righteously at the same time?
God as this day begins, I pray I can be of encouragement to the family and friends at the memorial service. May the promises in the Bible be of great significance. Thank you for the opportunity to serve You and Your kingdom. Help me prepare for school tonight and please give my mom clarity and strength.