Living as a citizen of the Kingdom

As part of All We Can’s Lent devotional series, Paul Harcourt, National Leader of New Wine, looks at Luke 16: 1-9 and asks us to consider how shrewd we are in handling heaven’s things.  

‘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.’ Luke 16: 8

Jesus often tells stories that do not sit comfortably, stories that challenge us to think, and think again, about what he means.

Here, where the master commends the shrewdness of the dishonest steward, it isn’t to commend the dishonesty! Rather, the master recognises someone who understands how this world works. Jesus then goes on to draw a contrast with our behaviour as people who live under a different economy.

How shrewd are we in handling heaven’s things?

The people of this world, dealing with “their own kind” as Jesus puts it, often make calculations based on self-interest, divorced from morality. Citizens of the Kingdom have a different set of values but are also preparing for a future. What is wise is learning well how to work the system under which we now live.

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