The Taming of the Shrewed


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Luke 16.8 “The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so
that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.”

The commendation of the dishonest manager in this somewhat enigmatic
passage, is not for his dishonesty, but for his “shrewdness.” And in light of it,
Jesus goes on to note that the “sons of this world” (i.e. the unbelievers) are
more shrewd in their dealings than the “sons of light” (i.e. professed believers)
are. And the point of His meaning isn’t far from our grasp when we read verse
9. Here, the shift which occurred in the dishonest man, is brought to the fore for
our consideration. And what was that shift? Simply, before he was caught in his
dishonesty and fired, all he thought about was the present, and the money he
could amass. Now, with the picture changed, he begins to consider his future.
With money no longer his focus, where is he to go? What is he to do? When the
picture changed, so did his focus. Temporal and immediate gain lost its
importance. That Jesus clearly wants us to go there too is shown in verse 9 most
graphically. “Make friends” He says of “unrighteous wealth”, of the mere wealth
of this world and age. How? By not handling it like it is just today’s reality, but
by handling it with eternity in view. So that “when it fails”, and it WILL fail, you
might be received into “eternal dwellings.” In other words, manage every aspect
of life in light of the fact that it will all perish, and what have you done with those
things in terms of your everlasting destiny? Make your every decision now in
terms of how it impacts eternity. Shift your focus. It is interesting that He uses
this parable to address His own. For if there are any who ought not to be all
wrapped up in living for today – it is those who profess the saving knowledge of
Jesus Christ. Yet what is it that seems to occupy us most? Is it not happiness,
and contentment and joy – here? Give me the best marriage I can have, the
maximal career, the brightest and most talented kids – the dream house? No.
Let us make friends of all of these – in such a way that we use them to prepare
for ourselves a greater, higher, more glorious eternity with Christ. That is the
shrewdness He delights to see in His sons and daughters.

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