“So he (the broker/manager) called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ ‘Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. ‘He told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ ‘The master (the enemy) commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I (the enemy) tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into dwellings.” (Luke 16:5-9 parentheses mine)
While vacationing in the Bahamas with coworkers in the book/movie, The Firm, by John Grisham, Mitch finds out his law firm is in the grips of the enemy’s hands. Feeling vulnerable, Mitch is offered alcohol and a prostitute his firm hired. Mitch accepts them both, and his firm blackmails him, trying to make the enemy his master.
The broker/manager in this Scripture works for the enemy. He begins as an honest man not making as much money for the enemy as the enemy would’ve liked, so he’s fired. In a position of vulnerability, the enemy tells him to move quickly, so he’ll forget to consult God. He cheats his boss (the enemy) by reducing the amount of the bills his boss’s clients owe, so one of them will hire him. He justifies himself by thinking, “My boss is a bad man.” The second time the enemy sucks us in is a fatal blow because we’ve sunk to the enemy’s level. The enemy wants us to keep sinking further into his arms by being shrewd more than he wants our money, so the enemy tells us to use worldly wealth to gain friends and commends the broker/manager for being shrewd.
We’ll be welcomed into eternal dwellings (plural). I think there are only two. The enemy deceives all to keep us from God. But God still loves and pursues us after we’ve sunk to hellish levels. When we repent and believe Jesus saves us, God still welcomes us into heaven.
Father God, when I feel vulnerable or have fallen into the enemy’s hands, remind me to pray. I know you’re always with me. Reach out and let me grab Jesus’ hand, so he’ll lead me down the path of righteousness. Thank you for saving me and welcoming me into Your kingdom when I don’t deserve it. I love you, too. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.