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