Sharables Lesson 9 – Shrewd
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
Luke 16:1-9 gives the parable of the Unjust Steward. The story goes that a manager was caught wasting the owner’s possessions. He does not want to be thrown out onto the streets to beg, so he has a plan. He goes to everyone who owes the owner money and agrees to a 50% discount if they pay right now. It works, and he is able to turn in a lot of money to the owner and save face. The owner was pleased. Verse 8 says, “The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.”
Jesus gives the explanation in verses 10-13, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
The manager was considered “shrewd.” Google gives the definition, “Having or showing sharp powers of judgment; astute.” It goes on to give an excellent list of synonyms: sharp-witted, sharp, smart, acute, intelligent, clever, canny, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, and wise.
The definition brings no negative connotation on being shrewd. In the back of my mind, I had a slight feeling of it being negative because Jesus said, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16 NASB). Maybe I associate shrewd with serpents and serpents with Satan. But being shrewd is commendable. If we strive to be shrewd with money, how much more should we be with the souls of others? We read books, talk to friends, and even hire a professional in handling our money. How can we be shrewder in reaching others?
Who has God placed in your heart and mind?
What is your plan?