On Sunday June 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM the message "The Parable of the Shrewd Manager" was given by Minister Christine Lee at Gratia Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD. This message was taken from Luke 16:1-13, Job 1:21 and Hebrews 9:27-28.
Jesus had an extraordinary ability to use very simple stories as lessons for hugely important spiritual themes. The passage this day tells one of these stories about a steward or manager who wastes his master's or owner's goods. At a glance it seems to make no sense and may even seem contradictory, but if the reader looks deeply enough he will find an incredible impetus to redirect the whole course of his life. Listen, this message applies to all believers.
Christine noted the rich man is Jesus and his goods are everyman's life and possessions (see Job 1:21). The Lord will judge each person based on how he uses his life and all he possesses to reach people for Christ and further His kingdom. The steward was condemned for wasting the owner's goods, but later commended for his wisdom in saving at least some of the goods. The relief of debt symbolizes Jesus paying our debt on the cross. If one shares the love God gave him with others he may make it possible for their debt to be repaid by faith in Christ.
Bruce shared those reached for Christ will be the ones to welcome us in heaven. He also gave the analogy of "friends of unrighteousness mammon" to being good to your boss who will then give a good reference for your next job.
Gloria noticed that riches in this context meant a lot more than money.
Jesse made the simple comparison to the story of scratch my back and I will scratch yours.
Darwin thought it is sometimes best to let some bridges be burned if they were of no good.
The part of the passage that struck Tony was the emphasis on managing the small things well.
After reflection, prayer and sharing everyone had lasagna and fellowship in the dining room.