Do Life - Part 2

Opening Prayer: 

Lord, the Scripture for today is very difficult to understand.  Guide us as we look at this passage in a new light.  Show us how we can use something that seems negative at first glance in an effective way to work together. 

 

Read: Luke 16:8-9 NIV

“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.”

 

Reflect: 

This parable has always perplexed me.  Why would Jesus include the commendation of a dishonest manager in a parable?  It’s never made sense to me.  That is until I read it in the New Living Translation:

 

““The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light. Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.”

Ah!  Now I am beginning to understand what Jesus is trying to teach us.  He does not want us to be dishonest managers but he does want us to be shrewder with the things we have.  Verse 9 gives us the lesson we need to receive from this passage. As Christians, we are not always as wise or motivated to invest our resources in others. Are we too self-focused to think about reaching out to other individuals? We are not to be mastered by money but as wise and faithful servants we are to use our funds for eternal purposes.  We need to learn from this shrewd manager so that we will have the resources available to us to make investments in others.  Doing this will help us develop the loving, caring community we need to help others and develop friends.

 

Apply: 

This week evaluate how you are investing your resources.  Ask yourself if you are doing it in such a way that you will have enough to benefit others.  Most of us aren’t.  Ask God to give you the insight you need to make the best use of the resources you have so that others will be blessed.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, thank you for stretching me with this parable.  It definitely has taken me outside of my comfort zone and made me look at how I can best help others with what I have.  In Your name, Amen.

Terry Schneider