Plot Twist: Week 9 - Day 3

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me develop more confidence in you as I read through this Scripture.

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 never made sense to me 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.

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.  The lesson in verse 9 is that, 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 learn from this shrewd manager how to use the resources available to us to make investments in others and thus in our eternal future.

Apply:

This week evaluate how you are investing your resources.  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:

God, because I know you are always there for me, help me step out as a more confident and generous  Christian for you.  In your name, Amen.

Terry Schneider