The shrewd manager…

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Scripture: Luke 16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.”

Observation: A manager helped those who owed his master – at his master’s expense. Jesus commended him for being “shrewd”. True, the manager would have people in his debt when he got fired by his master, but his reward would only last a short time – until his death.  Jesus challenged his listeners to use resources at their disposal to gain an eternal reward. How? We give what we have away. And as we do so we are blessed by our heavenly Father with “riches” that continue into eternity.

Application: My wife and I give away a healthy portion of our income already – but perhaps the Lord wants us to do more. I wonder how the Lord may invite me to be more generous with what he’s given me. What about you? What opportunities do you have to give to others today?

Prayer: Lord, help us to sow into eternity by being generous with others. Amen.

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