September 21

Luke 16:1-9

“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.” vs. 8

In this strange parable from Jesus the dishonest manager is commended for his shrewdness–he had adjusted the accounts of debtors to insure their kindness when he was fired from his job. It’s not an easy parable to understand–we can wonder why Jesus even told it! He seems to be telling his disciples that sometimes they can learn from the ways people use money in the world. Even dishonest folks can teach important lessons. In fact, when it comes to making wise decisions in this world, people of faith can be woefully ignorant. Just because we know Jesus doesn’t mean we’re going to understand how money works. This could even mean that choosing a financial advisor because they’re Christian may not necessarily be the best idea. We can know a lot about a person if we know the level of their spiritual connections, but we won’t necessarily know their competencies. One of the great blessings that we have as followers of Jesus is the opportunity we have to associate with people of all stripes. Like Jesus we’ll be hanging out with saints and sinners, and many times it’ll be the sinners who have the most to teach us. Indeed, we regularly learn more from unbelievers about the pitfalls of wealth than we do from anyone else. Often they’re the ones with hands-on experience–and we’d be fools if we didn’t listen to them!

Thought for the Day: Who taught me the most about financial matters?

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