A Very Shrewd Dude
Are you shrewd?
Would you like to be?
In Luke 16:1-13 Jesus tells the parable of a sloppy manager who was squandering the possessions of the rich man he worked for.
When it was reported to the owner what was taking place, he immediately fired this manager but told him to prepare an accounting of the company’s state of affairs before leaving.
Knowing he was too weak for manual labor and too ashamed to beg, the manager devised a plan that would bring him some needed favor and pave his way to be welcomed into the homes of wealthy business people.
He quickly got in touch with various customers and reduced their debt by 20-50%. He worked for a big operation and the amounts owed were significant. The customers gladly took the discount.
This story is filled with shady characters
When the owner found out about this development, he praised this sloppy, unrighteous manager for being a very shrewd dude.
Jesus then said the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the things around them, than are the sons of light.
What? Did Jesus say that?
Yes. Jesus said that He wishes you and I had the type of shrewdness that is all around us.
- Shrewdness involves the ability to understand and judge a situation quickly.
- Shrewd individuals are astute, intelligent, clever, perceptive and wise.
- Shrewdness involves seeing what is next and prioritizing accordingly.
Don’t confuse shrewd with shady
Jesus went on to say that we should use wealth to make friends for ourselves now, so that when wealth fails and life ends; these friends will welcome us in eternal dwellings.
Wait… what does that mean?
Jesus then made some bottom-line observations about faithfulness and asked a logical question. If we can’t put our temporal wealth and money into perspective and be faithful in how we use it, who would entrust us with true riches?
“If you aren’t faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” – Luke 16:12-13
Jesus is cutting to the bone here. Check it out.
- How do we wrap our minds around and apply all of this?
- What aspects of relational shrewdness does Jesus want us to embrace?
One Thing for Men’s mission is to spur men on in a closer walk with God! We meet on Friday mornings at Cabernet Steakhouse on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia.
I hope you can join us around the tables, where friends meet and the discussions this week, as always, will be lively. Doors open at 6:30 AM and we’ll start promptly at 7.
Hope to see you early!
– Ron Dunn
This Week’s Key Verses:
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can take nothing out. 1 Timothy 6:7
For every beast of the forest is Mine and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird or the mountains and everything that moves in the field is Mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and all it contains. Psalm 50:9-11
…the land is Mine, and you reside in My land as foreigners and strangers. Leviticus 25:23
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14
Here is the link to last Friday’s message: https://vimeo.com/channels/onethingformen