Reading: Luke 16: 1-9
In today’s passage a manager is fired for poor job performance. He has mismanaged the owner’s resources. We do not know if he is incompetent or lazy as well, but we do know he is somehow being dishonest and is wasting the owner’s resources. The shrewd manner in which he then acts would maybe rule out incompetent. In a handful of quick transactions, he not only shores up his future, he also gains commendation from the owner.
If we are honest, there are times we too waste the company’s resources. There are times when we check our Facebook or when we text back and forth solidifying our weekend plans or update our fantasy football lineup at work. And there are other times when our mind simply drifts for a few minutes. Some days we would really like to just lay our heads down on our desk and take a little nap. If the boss notices these types of things a few times, we too could find ourselves unemployed.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to offer our best effort in all we do. We are called to work joyously in all of our labors – to work as if we were working for the Lord. Always putting in a good days effort is a witness to our faith. It is about respect for others and being personally responsible.
Personal responsibility forms us another way as well. In the parable Jesus offers advice on the use of our resources. He says to be generous with our money – it will gain us friends. This idea also extends to our time and talents. We should be generous with these as well. When we share what God has blessed us with to help others, we are building up a treasure in heaven as well. Generous living is a blessing all around.