“Unrighteous Steward or Shrewd Manager? - Rev. Greg Haseloff

October 31, 2016

“Jesus told His disciples: ‘There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.  So he called him in and asked him, What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’” - Luke 16.1-2

The parables of Jesus pitch us such a variety of challenges – to what the kingdom is like, to what we will do with weeds and wheat, to what we think about lost things.  The story in Luke 16 is the kind of challenge which provokes a little more fear in me than some of the others that feel “more pastoral.”  And if you are a person that feels like you have less “business acumen” than the person next to you, then maybe you feel the same fear I do.

“You cannot be manager any longer.”  Jesus’ story carries so many implications that these are just a few of the headings that different translations give to this passage: The Unrighteous Steward, The Parable of the Unjust Steward (Dishonest Manager), Story of the Crooked Manager, Story of the Clever Manager, The Parable of the Shrewd Manager, True Wealth. 

Wow!  I tried to list these in the movement from the ones which provoke more fear in me to those which reveal the potential of great wisdom in this parable.  Ultimately, Jesus is inviting each of us to steward our earthly lives in such a way that we will one day experience a seamless transition to the life of “true wealth”’ in His kingdom.

John Wesley addressed stewardship in this way: “Be a good steward of every gift of God, even of these His lowest gifts.  Cut off all unnecessary expense of time, all needless or useless employments, and whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Vol. 5, 309).

May our stewardship bring our understanding, memory, creativity, business acumen, dreams for the future, gift of observation, use of time – and all that we’ve been given – back into the hands of God that He might inhabit the very gift He has given us!

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Campus Chaplain

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