Did Jesus commend the unfaithful steward? (Luke 16:1-13)?

Author: BibleAsk Team


Luke 16:1-13

“And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.  And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.  Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.  I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 

So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?  And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.  Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. 

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.  And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 

If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:1-13).

Did Jesus Commend the Unfaithful steward?

Jesus didn’t commend nor approve the of the evil actions of the unfaithful steward but He mainly praised his shrewdness. By making for himself a friends who would would help him in the days to come. Thus, he showed foresight by planning for his future. His “wisdom,” or “sharpness,” was shown basically in the use he made of present chances while they lasted. Had the shrewd servant been as lazy in making a final deal with his master’s debtors as he had been in doing business before, he would not have succeeded with his evil plan.

Men who live only for this life often show more zeal in their plans of what it has to offer than the children of God do in their preparation for God’s kingdom of glory. It is a human weakness to pay more attention to how we may benefit ourselves than we do to how we can benefit God and one another. The believer should be identified by “zeal,” but his zeal should be “according to knowledge,” that is according to God’s truths (Romans 10:2). He must have a real sense of values (Matthew 6:24–34) and seek for the eternal things instead of earthy things.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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