I love the parables of Jesus. These short stories give us a big-picture view of God’s Kingdom in simple ways. Here’s my shakedown of the Parable of the Dishonest Manager, and how sin often works:
Phase 1: “Have I been caught red-handed?”
Phase 2: “I have a chance to make it right.”
Phase 3: “Nah. I’ll cover my tracks.”
Phase 4: “If I’m going down, I’m taking others down with me.”
A mentor of mine put it this way: “Sin takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and costs you more than you want to pay.” That’s what the dishonest manager shows us, to a T. Here’s how Jesus broke down the parable in verses 8-16 (by they way, it’s really nice when Jesus gives us the commentary):
- The manager represents the world.
- Real integrity is rare.
- God has a better way for you.
- Christians are called to a different ethic.
- Who resides on the throne of your life?
I’d love some interaction with the story today, so here’s a list of questions for us to process together in the comments:
- What point do you think Jesus was trying to get across to his audience (Pharisees & His disciples)?
- Why do you think real integrity is so rare?
- In what ways can you identify with the manager?
- Is there anything in your life that is causing God to hold back on trusting you with more (v.10-12)?
- How have you found verse 13 to be true? (No one can serve two masters.)
- How can you apply this simple parable to your life this week?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor