Just when we get it all figured out and tied down, and righteously separate the good from the bad, and the saved from the damned, and the in from the out, our Jesus throws a curve ball at us. He goes ahead and salutes a crooked manager. For heaven’s sake!!
The point of this story is not that we should be dishonest. Jesus’ point is that God leaves the door open for anyone, even a scoundrel, to come around. God is gracious. Remember, Jesus is the sort of savior willing to hang between 2 thieves. If Jesus can see something salvageable in a dishonest manager like in this story, he can find you and me worth dying for, don’t you know!
There’s a relentlessness about the grace of God. Here is a God who seeks until the lost are found. Sometimes a Bible passage like in Luke 16 is a window in which we see out into the world for discernment and understanding in others. Then there are times a passage like this becomes a mirror in which we see ourselves in full light and we gain insight into ourselves. The question I have is simple…Where do we see ourselves in this story? Are we lost or are we found?
Peace, Pastor Gary