“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.”
Today’s Bible readings include some nervous seat-shifting scripture. A few warnings from the prophet Amos get our attention, but our focus of the day is on a difficult parable Jesus offers (Luke 16:1-13). Managers who mismanage, masters who commend shrewd operators, and a few words about faithfulness to God rather than wealth. It’s a parable that reminds us that we don’t own anything, we simply manage it…as God’s stewards. It’s definitely a parable that makes us think! And that’s exactly what God is asking you to do today. Think! Be creative! Be shrewd…for the kingdom of the Lord.
Sunday’s Worship Music
Sunday’s Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day is Son of God, Eternal Savior. In our Gospel reading, Jesus tells the parable of the shrewd manager and in verse 2 of today’s traditional hymn of the day we sing “Yours the gold and yours the silver, yours the wealth of land and sea; we but stewards of your bounty held in solemn trust will be.” How can we be shrewd managers in service to God and honoring the gifts we have been given?
For Further Reflection
The Gospel story from Luke 16:1-13 includes a pickle of a parable, but it does lend some good “brine” for thought.
Have you been in a position as a manager or asked to manage someone else’s resources? What are some of the highlights and challenges to this type of position?
How important is it that you are considered trustworthy and faithful? How have you been trustworthy and faithful with the gifts God asks you to manage?
In the parable, the manager is commended for his quick and creative thinking. Consider some ways that God may be asking you to use your brain, your skills, and your talents for some quick, creative problem-solving.