This week we continue the series called “Lost and Found,” which will run through the end of October. We are thinking about what a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life and community look like. We will make the transition from the powerful parables in Luke 15 to the first story in Luke 16.
As always, I encourage you to read the passage before you come to worship—and this week I mean it more than usual! I want you to read it because I think it will bother you. For example, how would you define the word “squander?” What do you think of when you hear the word “shrewd?” Would you consider it to be an attractive attribute to have “shrewd squanderer” on your resume?
Obviously, this is a puzzling parable. A landowner learns his manager has been wasting his money—the word for “waste” is the same one used to describe the prodigal son in Luke 15. As the manager, he is responsible for doing things like buying and selling grain, oil and crops, and collecting rent.
But he is also doing his own wheelin’ and dealin’ in this story!
But perhaps a good parable is supposed to make us ask more questions? Where is the good news in this story of a blatant cheater? Was he doing a good thing by lowering the merchants’ debts? Can anything good ever come out of a dishonest action? And if a parable is an important lesson about the realm of God, what can we learn from this one? Do some parable pondering. See you ‘round the Table.