“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.”
This is a bit of a strange parable, because at first glance it looks as if Jesus is condoning bad behavior and sin for that matter. But Jesus was actually commending the manager’s business sense. The manager was a realist who made the most of his situation, and Jesus commended him not because he sinned but because he had acted smartly, perceptively, discerningly, insightfully, wisely, cleverly, intelligently, and judiciously.
Jesus told this parable at a time when He was sensing that those following Him, did not realize what kind of life He is calling them into. They seemed to be along for a joy ride; to see His thrilling miracles, to get a little free bread and fish, and maybe even to witness a good argument between Jesus and the religious rulers.
Today many of us are in the faith because of what we can get out of it; the works of God, the signs and wonders. Or maybe just the entertainment of Church. We do not seem to comprehend the seriousness, the dedication, and the discipleship He is calling us into. So when Jesus says to us “for the sons of the world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” He is telling us that the sons of the world are more serious about their sinful ways. They recognize that they have a deadline within which to accomplish their deeds so they are smart, cunning, imaginative.
But what about us? We are also facing a deadline. But do we have a creative plan to influence our world before that deadline? Or are we letting opportunities pass us by?
Dear God, help me to be smart and strategic about spreading Your Word. I know the time is short, fill me with a sense of urgency, and help me to act smartly, perceptively, discerningly, insightfully, wisely, cleverly, intelligently, and judiciously for Your kingdom. Amen