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.
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!