“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.’ Luke 16:8-9 (NIV)
Jesus tells us a story of a man who was in charge of his employers accounts. When he finds out he will be without work he begins fiddling the numbers with those who owed something to his Boss. The man thinks that adjusting the accounts owed, he will then have some friends to turn to when he is left in the street. Does it sound strange to us to hear Jesus encouraging dishonesty? Is that what He is doing with this story? Or is He forever trying to lift our eyes beyond our earthly home? Does Jesus always separate the value of Heaven and that of where we live now? Does His eternal Kingdom forever seem to completely overshadow our temporary one?
Could Jesus be trying to tell us that however we act here among men; the goals we are shooting for are not the common or temporary earthly ones? Could He be encouraging us to look past all our dealings and responsibilities we typically place here, and treat all things as tools to secure for ourselves a safe and secure future with Him? Is He saying that worldly-minded people know how to work towards bettering their futures here? Is He saying it is different for people that have seen the Light of Jesus? Can those who have heard the Saviour´s call now start working on bettering our standing in the Spiritual Realms? Could His encouragement direct our attention past all our having and obtaining here? Can it start making us look at how close we really are to Him? Could we learn from His words that regardless the value things hold in this life, there is eternally more worth to be found for those who would focus themselves on being close to God?
Before we lower our sights and try to make Jesus´ words point our attention to our current environment and ways, could we make a gallant effort to use them to bring us closer to our Lord? Could we make each text and each story bring us into His Presence? Instead of measuring us up to each other, could we first look to Him? Instead of throwing ourselves headlong into worldly matters, could we fix our gaze beyond it all and secure it on a Heavenly home and family? When Jesus commends a person here on earth, should we think He does that for what they stand to gain here? Or is Jesus consistent in directing us fuller to Him and His Father´s Kingdom in Heaven?
Dear Jesus, You have told us that those who can be trusted with little can be entrusted with more. Please help us take that knowledge and use it to have more of You and Your Spirit. Show us how to look past our current dealings and fix our gaze on You. Let us start being clever in securing not wealth and security here, but treasures of love and care that will continue into all eternity!