This article was originally published in 2009
With all of the latest lay offs occurring in a country who's economy seems to be hanging by a thread' I thought it fitting to remind us of a parable Jesus shared with the disciples in Luke 16. The parable was about a man who was about to be fired and the steps that he took to secure friends, contacts, people he could go to for help once he was let go. As a matter of fact, Jesus described him as a shrewd and wise steward. In other words, -
He was astute: He understood that if he didn't do something quick he would be out of a job. He was not going to get fired and not have something, someone, some job to go to. (Verse 3)
He was clever: He came up with an ingenious idea. He created opportunity not only for himself, but for others as well. He planned for the worst by setting aside some options for himself. What are your options? "Ah, I know how to ensure that I'll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired." (Verse 4) NLT.
He was sharp: Not only because he put his plans to action, but how he did it. "So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, 'How much do you owe him?' The man replied, 'I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil.' So the manager told him, 'Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons. And how much do you owe my employer? he asked the next man. 'I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat,' was the reply. 'Here, the manager said, 'take the bill and change it to 800 bushels."