“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.”
Luke 16:8-9 NIV
We have been using Jesus’ parables to unpack the Kingdom. In Luke 16:1-15 Jesus throws us a curveball. Shrewdness - means astute, having sharp powers of judgment. And in this scripture it seems like Jesus is praising the dishonest manager, however Jesus is actually giving us an example that non-believers often treat other non-believers better than we do as believers. Jesus is telling us to be shrewd, look out for one another, and to think long term.
Daily Battle Order:
Do you go to church with believers and then do nothing else with them during the week? Do you pour more of yourself into work and non-believers' concerns each day than your own family and circle of believers? You are instead to be shrewd and act wisely and invest yourself into family, fellow believers with your time, talent, treasure, and most of all, your love. Be shrewd with the parts of the Kingdom entrusted to you.
Jesus concludes “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9 NIV
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