Luke 16:9  And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into eternal dwellings.  (ESV)

The parable of the Unjust Manager has always been one of the most disturbing and difficult to understand for me. Why is Jesus commending the dishonest manager? He’s not! The Rykens have helped me to see (Literary Study Bible, p. 1657) that this closing sentence makes it clear that the real point of this parable is that we should use our worldly wealth to bring about purposes!

Go all in for the kingdom! Do everything you can to not put a stumbling block before your brother or sister (17:1-2). Forgive generously and abundantly (v. 3-4)! Go all out for the kingdom and then realize that you have only done the minimum that is required by God of you (17:10). Remain humble or become like the Pharisees (cf. 16:31 & ch. 15).

Oh God, You’re calling me to live it out – the reality of the kingdom, and all its implications for all of life. Lord Jesus, that I might remain humble as You remained humble. My wealth is Yours, for Your kingdom. Grant me wisdom, Lord. Come Holy Spirit, lest I think I can do this on my own, in my own strength. God forbid.

In Jesus’ name – Amen,