9.9 Parable of the Worldly-Wise Manager
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Aug 8 9.9 Jesus again told his disciples, “A rich man’s manager was accused of wastefulness. He called him and asked him, ‘What do I hear of you? Give account of your services for you are no longer a manager.’ The manager asked himself, ‘What can I do now that my boss has sacked me? I cannot dig and I’m ashamed to beg. I know what I’ll do so people will receive me into their homes.’ He called all his master’s debtors and asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of oil.’ The manager said, ‘Change your bill to fifty.”
He asked another, ‘You owe how much?’ ‘One hundred measures of wheat,’ the customer replied. ‘Change your bill to eighty,’ he ordered.
The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For in this their generation, the sons of the world are wiser than the sons of light. So use worldly wealth to make friends who, when you fail, will welcome you into eternal homes.
Aug 9 Whoever is honest or not in small things, is honest or not in large. If you aren’t honest with unrighteous wealth, who will entrust you with true riches? If you haven’t been honest with another’s property, who will entrust you with our property? No one can serve two masters. He will hate one and love the other, will be true to one and despise the other. You can’t serve both God and riches.”1 Hearing this, Pharisees who loved money mocked him.
He said, “You justify yourselves in men’s eyes, but God knows your hearts. That which is very highly esteemed by men is abominable to God.