On the surface this parable is very confusing; dishonesty seems to rule. But that is not the case at all. Note how this dishonest manager demonstrates initiative, and when put to the right purposes, initiative is a good thing.
Initiative has a role in our life in the church. Think of how often we speak of wanting our memberships to grow, of reaching further into our community, and of making sure that the unchurched hear the gospel.
How far should we go to accomplish that? How many efforts should we make to reach the same people? Consider that the “children of this age” carry their initiatives pretty far when they want to reach us. Example: Try letting your subscription to a magazine lapse, and see how many times you receive a contact of some kind from the publisher urging you to renew. And these contacts start well before our final issue. In fact, in the magazine and newspaper industries, these contacts are called a “renewal series,” meaning that they intend to take the initiative with us several times before giving up on us as a subscriber.
In our efforts to share the gospel, we who walk in God’s light, would do well to adopt the persistent initiative of the children of this age.
Prayer: Lord, please plant godly initiative in my heart to be used for Your glory. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.