The parable of the shrewd manager is a head scratcher. You should read it up at Luke 16: 1 – 15. The master admired the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. Praised him for looking out for himself so well. Luke 16:9 (NLT) says, “Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home”. Jesus is teaching here that you learn to sow into the relationships in your life. You have to invest into others. There is no future without people and colourful relationships. Invest into people, make friends and allies of them. Then watch as you transcend the hedonistic, into a life of eternal value.
Ecclesiastes offers some excellent life advice: “Be generous, and someday you will be rewarded. Share what you have with seven or eight others, because you never know when disaster may strike”. Your best insurance policy as you approach an uncertain future is the strength of the relationships in your life. And the strongest relationships are the ones you invest your resources into. That was the secret of David. David became a captain of 400 men. Men that were described as in trouble or in debt, or who were just discontented. However, as he invested into them. They became his army. And together, they took the throne.
Be wary of dismissing anyone who appears to be in a worse situation than you. The people you would rather run after, do not need you. You’re better off sharing and equipping people lower than you. Invest into them. Pour out your life as a sacrifice for them. As you sow the gift of knowledge, access and fellowship. You are securing your own future as well. You will never walk alone. This is how you transcend the mundane life and evolve into something special. You would have secured a place for yourself on the eternal side of life.