Despite its prime location in the heart of Luke’s Gospel, the parable of the Shrewd Manager is not popular – in fact many Christians are only even vaguely aware of its existence. Jesus’ statement in this parable, that His followers should “use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” caused one preacher to declare, ‘This parable is clearly of no relevance to us today.’
It’s true that this is not an easy parable to understand, but to dismiss it would be a mistake. Jesus’ teaching here is essential for anyone who considers themselves to be one of His followers.
This short Bible study seeks to work through this complex passage draw out the problem Jesus is addressing together with His solution, incentive for putting it into practice, and the real issue behind His teaching.