The Parable of the Shrewd Manager Luke 16:1-12
- How does the manager manage to keep his job? If you were the employer would you have praised the manager for collecting the accounts receivables? Would you have let him keep his job?
This passage is about a dishonest manager that keeps "wasting" the money of his master (we don't how he "wastes" it, maybe he embezzled it). His master found out the wrongdoings of his manager and decided to remove him from his duty. Now, since the manager knew that his career was nearly over, the manager is so witty that he devises a plan that he can save himself by changing the accounts that are in the records of his master. So he reduced the amount of debt owed in the accounts to his master. He does this for the debtors because he knows that in this way he will gain friends who will welcome him into their homes [and businesses].
Now because of this action, the master praised the manager; he "commended" the manager. The reason he did this is that the dishonest manager had "done wisely" and "shrewdly" to protect himself and his family from the bad consequences of his wrong actions: it is better to be wise and shrewd and to make friends than to go homeless and hungry. Jesus used this to teach that his disciples should use their money to make friends in life so that they may find an eternal dwelling place. If we can't do good with money in life, how can we do good with eternal riches in heaven.
Looking at the present time, using money wisely is a very important aspect in our life because it can destroy us by making us greedy, insecure and selfish or it can do good and teach us to do good eternally.