What Jesus Did! 'Spiritually Shrewd' — Luke 16:8-9

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"Later, the master told the dishonest manager that he had done a smart thing. Yes, worldly people are smarter {in their business} with the people of their time than spiritual people are. I tell you, use the things you have here in this world to make friends {with God}. Then, when those things are gone, you will be welcomed in that home that continues forever."
— Luke 16:8-9 NLT
Illustration of Luke 16:8-9 NLT — "Later, the master told the dishonest manager that he had done a smart thing."

Key Thought

Some worldly people are quite shrewd. Some can think of many ways to use and make earthly wealth—honestly and dishonestly. Jesus, however, wants his disciples to use their worldly wealth in ways that are "spiritually shrewd." We don't use our wealth to control others or to try to protect our future, but to bless others. Benefiting others and using our earthly resources to be a blessing and a friend to others are our goals. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing. As we are faithful stewards of God's blessings, we please our Heavenly Father and are storing up our treasures in heaven.

Today's Prayer

Father, make me wise in the way I use the many blessings you have lavished upon me. Make me a conduit of your blessings. Help me find ways to put your resources entrusted to me to work in building your Kingdom and blessing those you would bless. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:19-21
  • Mark 10:21
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-11


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.