16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “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. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Jesus tells a story of a manager being sacked because he was dishonest. Then a twist, the dishonest manager is praised for being smart in finding a way to look after himself once he is out of work. His dishonesty stands but it's his quick thinking for his survival that is praised.
The Message Bible puts verse 9 like this ” … I want you to be smart in the same way – but for what is right – using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, …”
This man was neither honest or faithful in the responsibilities he was given.
Whether at work, school, church, family, friends, I see this as being a stor
y about how we handle the things we have been given responsibility for. Whether that's money, people, ministry gifts or just doing what I've been asked to do.
Honest or dishonest I will be seen – by man and by God. Better to make sure it's honesty I am seen for and even more so when I have responsibility for what belongs to another.
Father, I want to be smart about doing the right thing in the first place. Help me to be diligent in even the smallest things asked of me, help me to be a person of integrity, honesty in all situations – small or big.
Written by Suzie Hodgson