March 12, 2016: Forge Your Future
And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly(v. 8).
The dishonest manager isn’t ethical, but he sure is shrewd. Before walking out into the cold, hard world of unemployment, this scoundrel creates for himself a lot of friends who now feel more indebted to him than to his master!
“And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly.” Jesus is not praising the dishonest manager for his dishonesty. He praises the man because, when faced with a catastrophe, this rascal doesn’t passively accept his fate. Rather, he rolls up his sleeves and goes to work, determined to forge for himself a better future.
When catastrophe happens—when the boss tells us to go and clean out our desk, or when we are diagnosed with a debilitating disease, or when a cherished relationship is shattered—we hang our heads, stoically accepting our fate.
But Jesus tells the story of an outrageous manager who does outrageous things because, catastrophe notwithstanding, this guy actually believes that his future is still throbbing with possibility and not at all fixed or final. Your future is in God’s hands. Whatever bad news life dishes out to you, God is still in control, which means your story is not over, your future is not finished. Don’t just accept your fate; forge your future!
Prayer: Lord, whatever happens to me, I trust you.
Today’s devotional was written by Lou Lotz, the pastoral leader of Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This Lenten series comes from Words of Hope, whose mission is to build the church in the hard places through media. To learn more about the organization or subscribe to Words of Hope’s daily devotions, visitwww.woh.org.