This is the Lent 2015 series. We’re reading through Luke, from Jesus conquering temptation in the desert to the Passion, His crucifixion and resurrection.
The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-15)
Jesus explains the concept that we cannot serve two masters; either we serve Him, or we serve self: wealth, ego, pride. Jesus shares a parable about a manager who was about to lose his job. Concerned for how he would provide for himself he negotiated with his boss’s debtors, reducing the balance due, so that the debtors would like him and might either hire him or provide for him when he lost his job. The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewd actions because he made money for the master. But it is an empty reward based on dishonesty. Jesus said:
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)
Jesus goes on to explain that people who are trusted with little can be trusted with much, and those who are dishonest with little will also be dishonest with much. Jesus sums up the parable by stating that you cannot serve both God and money.
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. (Luke 16:14)
Know who you are by acknowledging who you are serving. Don’t worry about what other people think of you, or say about you, God will provide for you needs. Know who you are and be secure in that.
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed,
And I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King.
-Lyrics from Hello, My Name Is, by Matthew West