I wonder why it is that we seem to gravitate towards some books/stories/parables/verses in the Bible more than others. I started going to church over 30 years ago and I don’t think I have ever heard a sermon on the parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16:1-15. Here is the really tricky bit: “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind then are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” Luke 16:8-9.

Also I’ve rarely heard a sermon where the following verse is mentioned: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” Matthew 10:16.

So what does it mean to be shrewd?