The Clever Manager: Luke 16:1-15

What would you do if you suddenly lost all your income?

1. The Parable: The Shrewd/Unjust/Dishonest Manager
16:1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was
accused of wasting his possessions. 2 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.’
What were the responsibilities of the manager? What went wrong?

What did the rich man do to his manager?

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is
taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to
beg— 4
I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will
welcome me into their houses.’ 5

“So he called in each one of his
master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?
“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him,
‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand
bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it
eight hundred.’ 8a

“The master commended the dishonest manager

because he had acted shrewdly.
How did the manager respond and why?

Why did the master commend the manager?

2. Practical Application: Good Lessons from a Bad Example
16:8b For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their
own kind than are the people of the light. 9

I tell you, use worldly
wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be
welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very
little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very
little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been
trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true
riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s
property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No one can serve
two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will
be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both
God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and
were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify
yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What
people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

What lessons can we learn and apply from this parable today?

1. (v3)
2. (v3)
3. (v4)
4. (v5-6)
5. (v9)
6. (v10-12)
7. (v13)
8. (v14)
9. (v15)

Challenge: which of these lessons do you need to meditate on this

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