Study with Sara-Be Wise with-your-Wisdom

There is a story from Luke told by a master storyteller that has the possibility of making one’s imagination go into orbit. Read the story of a shrewd manager as told by Jesus in Luke 16:1-8.

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Luke 16: 8 NKJV “And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”

Luke 16: 8 -9 Message “Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”


1)Does the praise of a crooked manager seem out of character with the teachings of Jesus?
2)Does it seem unfair that we have to take the wisdom that God gives us and be wise with it? Sounds like work and more work, get up and use your wisdom skill!
3)Why do you think the children of light when faced with the same kind of situation, about to lose their job, might not look around and say ‘wait a minute, I’ve got to do something to earn my job back. I’m not going to unemployment! I’m not letting another take my job whether they be Christian, Holy and Righteous, or unfair, no way, I will find a way to have a job and a position as well. I will do something to make people sit up and listen and want me near at all times.’ (Be sure to read the story Luke 16:1-8)
4)Why would Jesus favor the way of the crooked man over the ”Christian way’, or did He?

I hope you enjoy studying and thinking about this story as much as I have. It is better than our favorite TV show. But, would you please help and get me off this space ship and out of orbit?

THE FORCE IS STRONG TO SIT AND WAIT, SO MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US!

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10 thoughts on “Study with Sara-Be Wise with-your-Wisdom

  1. I don’t know if Sara can get off her space ship or not but this blog of hers can sure get me out of orbiting in space and down to some ‘street sense.’ She asked: 1)Does the praise of a crooked manager seem out of character with the teachings of Jesus? No, I don’t think so after reading this and the Luke 16. I know I need to be more ‘streetwise’ as she wrote. Streetwise meaning: possessing the skills and attitudes necessary to survive in a difficult or dangerous situation or environment.
    The 2007 winner of America’s prestigious Kentucky Derby thoroughbred horse race was aptly named “Street Sense” and it sounds like his trainer had some of it too…” Nafzger (the trainer)had remained steadfast despite public criticism of his unorthodox plan for getting Street Sense to the Derby…Street Sense started out the race with only one horse of 20 starters behind him…”. Now they both had to possess skills and attitudes necessary to survive and win in this difficult race. It’s difficult for many of us to use ‘unorthodox’ (I didn’t say unethical) methods to achieve stunning results. And even more so to ‘gird up the loins of our mind’ (as Sara spoke of in her last blog) and see that when we are running next to last in a tough situation we can still figure out a way to win. Street Sense figured it out by hugging the rail (a dangerous approach to take because you can be easily cut off) and pushing his way through to victory. Sounds like this Derby team did what Sara quoted in Luke …“so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” I am seeing that complacency and good behavior earns us a ‘dead last’ in life’s races. Everyone else will ‘get by’ us and we will be eating the dust their speed threw in our faces. If God commended the shrewd servant, than He must have valued the wisdom that servant employed to get himself out of a tough situation. The servant did not sit around and whine or shrink back into apathy…he used his “street sense” to win a race. Wonder if he will be awarded a ‘lush blanket of 554 roses’ in Heaven?

  2. Another great deep thought causing blog…this blog reminds me of when Jesus told a story about a feast a certain man gave and they all had excuses (the ones he’d invited)…if they had had street wisdom they would have gotten dressed and went to get a free meal and possibly gotten a good warm place to live….(as it was that’s where this man’s servants went to find people to come anyway…the streets…and they came and they ate and if I’m not mistaken they got to stay(Luke14;16)
    1. does the praise of a crooked manager seem out of character with the teachings of Jesus?..no because Jesus is all abut using wisdom
    2. does it seem unfair that we have to take the wisdom that God gives us and be wise with it?…no because if we don’t use it and be wise while using it..nothing will be done for our benefit..you only get lazier…
    3. look around and say wait a minute?..wrong thinking(thinking God will take care of it)..He already has… generational negatives might have a hand in it….and JUST PLAIN LAZY….
    4. why would Jesus favor the way of the crooked man over the “Christian way”, or did He?….I think He favored the crooked mans way because it was the Christian way(the wisdom that he used..)…
    Also to get off the space ship and out of orbit…you must put the ship in reverse throttle and it will stop orbiting…and there is an energize lever..first set levels at the destination desired then pull the energize lever down and step onto the disk and you will be transported to the place designated….easy!..dj

  3. Wow, this all sounds a bit “spaced out” to me. Never having piloted a vehicle into orbit this techy stuff is way over my head. But I can identify it somewhat with the SPACE CRAFT that I have read about in EZEKIEL’S WHEEL. EZEKIEL saw the wheel and his description of it was absolutely eerie and awesome; “Now as I was looking at at the living creatures, I saw one wheel upon the ground beside each of the living creatures with its four faces. As to the appearance of the wheels and their construction in appearance they gleamed like chrysolite and the four were formed alike and it was like …a wheel within a wheel…and their rims were full of eyes. And where the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth ( LIFT OFF??) the wheels were lifted up. Wherever the SPIRIT went the creatures went and the wheels with them for the Spirit of life of the the four living creatures, acting as one, then that life was in the wheels.”
    My notes say that these four living creatures most probably represent the living WORD of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in the FOUR GOSPELS, represented by the faces of the four creatures. Are these Scriptures in Ezekiel a foretelling of the impact of the AIRBORNE GOSPEL which is to orbit around the universe by those minsters of the the Gospel who are to carry this so great a salvation message to the world?
    Ezekiel had observed the technological aviation advances of the future long before the Wright Brothers.

  4. Debi, great story of “Street Sense” winning the K Derby and using the skill that he did and of course the trainer as you mentioned. The Jockey,Calvin Borel also seems very impressive. ‘Calvin, began riding match races in his home state at age eight before launching his professional career at 16 … “All I ever wanted to be was a jockey. A lot of kids make plans to be firemen, cowboys or astronauts, but I knew by eight that I wanted to ride races.” Known for his work ethic and often gallops and does stable chores for his brother, trainer Cecil Borel, before working horses in the morning even while ranking a leading rider. Still helps out his brother when they are both at Oaklawn Park during the winter.’

    When I think of horse racing I think how many times I have heard some Christians greatly criticize this as not good for a Christian to be involved in. So in my mind it makes for a great illustration of this parable from Luke as told by Jesus. The horse, owner, trainer, jockey all were in unison and had the same goal, a win and a big win they got. Lots of money as well as many friends and great prestige. Street Sense knew this was a great way to win friends and influence people.

    I get this loud and clear from the story Jesus told, What is your problem My Children with great light and yet you are not taking the trophies home. Both the parable of Jesus and Street Sense has a way to keep one awake at night with lots of thought. I just love that name, Street Sense. Wonder who and how they came up with this name. Winner-Street Sense. Winner, in the parable Street-Sense……

    Dorothy, this also parallels your story quite well. It was the ‘street sense’ guest that got to come to the big banquet and enjoy. Jesus was and is a great storyteller, now am I a great listener with great skill to practice what He told and be a Derby winner.

  5. Sara you wondered who and how they came up with the name Street Sense. I looked into this question and learned that he was sired by an “Irish daddy named Street Cry, and to a mama named Bedazzle on a farm in Kentucky’. In the race horse world, ‘Irish horses have a history of being able to run until sundown. Bedazzle is a mare by Dixieland Band, of the Northern Dancer family and whose name frequently pops up in the bloodline of stakes winners.” Looking up the meaning of bedazzle: to confuse by a strong light ;to impress forcefully. One article I read about Street Sense compared him to Moses as the sea of horses literally parted as he ran through and one jockey said he felt as if a wave went by. Now that is force.I also see it as having a heart of resolve. In Luke 16:4, the crooked manager had resolve to do what he needed to do.
    As the crooked (or shrewd) manager, Nafzger, the trainer, seemed wily even at 65 years of age. It is said that he employed training tactics very different from others in the race. His non-conformity paid off.
    And not only was he a wily non-conformist, he was prophetic. “Tafel (the owner), 83, began believing that the prophecy Nafzger recited to him last October was about to be fulfilled. “We’re going to win the Kentucky Derby,” Nafzger had told the owner he had served for 23 years after Street Sense had finished third in a race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. “ Looks to me like these ‘sons of the world’ (Luke 16:8) lived on the edge by speaking and believing the prophetic. Can ‘Christians’ claim the same?
    We have been all talking on the Daily Lily about focus, focus, focus. Now the jockey, Cecil Borel, was a focused man. Not only was his work ethic great, as Sara pointed out, but he knew he wanted to be a jockey from eight years of age and he never looked back. He had never won a derby by age forty, but that didn’t stop him. Just like the crooked manager said..”I cannot dig and I am ashamed to beg. I have resolved what to do.” Reminds me of what Sara wrote “I’m not letting another take my job whether they be Christian, Holy and Righteous, or unfair, no way, I will find a way to have a job and a position as well. I will do something to make people sit up and listen and want me near at all times.”
    Also, the character trait of loyalty was evident in jockey, trainer and owner alike. A character trait that seems hard to find even in ‘Christian’ circles. I read that after Street Sense won the prestigious Breeder’s cup that many big name jockeys approached the trainer vying for a chance to ride him in the Derby. But Nafger declined and Borel had this to say: “I’ve rode for Mr. Carl a long time,” Borel said with a grin as wide as Street Sense’s margin. “And he’s been very loyal to me.” And likewise : “Just as the 83-year-old Tafel, Street Sense’s owner and breeder, has been loyal to Nafzger, his trainer since 1984.”
    Sara said, ”The horse, owner, trainer, jockey all were in unison and had the same goal, a win and a big win they got.” I see through this comment and through their actions and attitudes towards each other what Sara meant. Each one combined their ‘Street Sense” loyalty, agreement, ambition, focus and determination to form a “three-fold cord that could not quickly be broken” (Proverbs 4:12). What an example.

  6. I don’t want to anyway imply that the owners, riders or jockey of the K Derby or any other race is the man in the story. My part is and was only to say what great things can happen when people are in agreement, focused and goal oriented.

    Back to the story in Luke, this man was being fired from his job by taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses. Then the man being fired decided to find a way to have friends that would help him after he left his job so he would not be in the streets begging and not have a job.

    I hope through our blogging we are finding ways to help each other have an understanding of being wise with the wisdom that God imparts to us when we ask Him for wisdom in our life situations.

    James 3:15-18 gives some greater steps for being wise with wisdom.

  7. In reading this blog,I have to submit a verse that I have heard Sara use often: Matt. 10: 16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” I like what the footnotes say, regarding this: “The opposition of the Pharisees would be like ravaging wolves. The disciples’ only hope would be to look to their Shepherd for protection. We may face similar hostility. Like the disciples, we are not to be sheeplike in our attitude but sensible and prudent. We are not to be gullible pawns, but neither are we to be deceitful connivers. We must find a balance between wisdom and vulnerability to accomplish God’s work.” In other words, would you agree that He is saying: be “street smart”, but Christlike?

  8. I sure think thats what he is saying,..and I agree with you Needles we must have that balance and Im sure the Holy Spirit is the one who can help us find it…..dj

  9. This parable brings to my mind another Biblical account, (although I am not sure it is exactly the same thing). But I couldn’t help but think of it when I read the blog and comments. I guess you could say the PRINCIPLE is similar to Matthew’s??
    In 1Sam:25, David had sent ten young men to Carmel to greet, peacefully, a man named Nabal who, though very rich was crass, rough, improper and just plain evil. And David instructed his men to request favor of food and supplies of this wealthy man seeing that David and his army had respected Nabal’s laborers at a previous time and had done them no harm but had protected them at night in the fields. But Nabal in his vulgar demeanor rejected the request and insulted the “house of David”. And when the men had reported to David, Nabal’s evil “retort”, David’s anger arose and he commanded his men to prepare for an assault on Nabal & his household and David determined evil against Nabal.
    But one of Nabal’s young men informed the beautiful and wise Abigail, Nabal’s wife, of the incident and of Nabal’s uncharitable reaction to the David’s request. So she quickly gathered a goodly supply of fine foods and drink, meats, cakes, fruits, and wines, loaded it all up on donkeys and sent them to David and his men; and just in time, for David had made a pledge that he would not leave one soul of Nabal’s people, alive. She alighted from her donkey, met and bowed low before David and his men and asked forgiveness for the wicked Nabal’s behavior.
    By entreating David’s favor and asking forgiveness and furnishing David’s army with supplies, a major massacre was circumvented. The Bible says Abigail’s wisdom matched her beauty and that wisdom saved many lives, that day.

  10. Also in answer to Needles question: “In other words, would you agree that He is saying: be “street smart”, but Christlike?” I would agree with Dorothy, yes. As I read Matt 10:16 in my Bible it cross referenced Philippians 2:14 which I found to be relevant to the question also because it addresses harmless, Christlike conduct. “Do all things without murmuring and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless (free from harm, liability, or loss), children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…”

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