• Alice Kim

Point of Crisis

The story about the dishonest manger in Luke 16 sounded reasonable until I came to verse 8. It seemed appropriate for the rich man to fire his employee when he learned of his corrupt conduct. I could understand how the employee in his state of desperation devises a plan to secure his future welfare. Then, this is where I scratch my head. Verse 8, “The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness.” Surely Jesus is not condoning dishonesty since he talks about faithfulness in verses 9 to 13. …

I can’t help but think of the story of the prodigal son that preceded this story and how there are parallels between the younger son and the dishonest manger. They both squandered, wasted wealth. One had lost his identity, value and dignity. The other is anticipating it. They both faced the dismal reality of their consequences. They both came to a point of crisis.

Perhaps it’s at the point of crisis that we like the son and manager, wake up. Perhaps it’s here that we are invited to see our need. Perhaps this is when we see more clearly, the Father’s good hand in our lives for his name’s sake. | Reflection from Luke 16:1-13