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Being shrewd

April 13, 2006

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?

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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16 thoughts on “Being shrewd”

  1. According to google ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are some defintions: Astute, Calculating and sharp mind.

    The story is puzzling.

  2. According to google ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are some defintions: Astute, Calculating and sharp mind.

    The story is puzzling.

  3. I think i agree with your comment that being shrewd could be using our resources to bring the kingdom into being: I.e. using the simpsons to tell kids about God. Or using our business sense to make money for missions or running good school programs to reach teenagers…i think i agree that’s shrewd..but there seems to be a lack of people having anything to say on your shrewd topic

  4. I think i agree with your comment that being shrewd could be using our resources to bring the kingdom into being: I.e. using the simpsons to tell kids about God. Or using our business sense to make money for missions or running good school programs to reach teenagers…i think i agree that’s shrewd..but there seems to be a lack of people having anything to say on your shrewd topic

  5. So does the lack of comments prove my point, that we gravitate towards those bits of the Bible that suit us?

    I think being shrewd is quite a challenge to current Christian thinking.

  6. So does the lack of comments prove my point, that we gravitate towards those bits of the Bible that suit us?

    I think being shrewd is quite a challenge to current Christian thinking.

  7. Of course, He must be. He wouldn’t tell us to be something He wasn’t. I think to love genuinely we need to be shrewd.

    Dan Allender writes: “We’ve come to view love and forgiveness as little more than acting pleasantly, yielding to the will of others, and ignoring offences. But this definition doesn’t begin to approach the radically disruptive nature of genuine love as modelled by Jesus Christ.”

  8. Of course, He must be. He wouldn’t tell us to be something He wasn’t. I think to love genuinely we need to be shrewd.

    Dan Allender writes: “We’ve come to view love and forgiveness as little more than acting pleasantly, yielding to the will of others, and ignoring offences. But this definition doesn’t begin to approach the radically disruptive nature of genuine love as modelled by Jesus Christ.”

  9. God is Astute (sounds reasonable) Calculating …(sounds okay) and a sharp mind (The Sharpest i’m sure)

    When i think about being Shrewd i think about being Stragetic. What’s the best way to help these kids know about God….simpson. What’s the best way to do schools min…plant one awesome one and then multiply…is God shrewd..hmmm i guess he is. But the reason we are stragetic in life is because we lack resources, time and influence. Why would God need to be stragetic?

  10. God is Astute (sounds reasonable) Calculating …(sounds okay) and a sharp mind (The Sharpest i’m sure)

    When i think about being Shrewd i think about being Stragetic. What’s the best way to help these kids know about God….simpson. What’s the best way to do schools min…plant one awesome one and then multiply…is God shrewd..hmmm i guess he is. But the reason we are stragetic in life is because we lack resources, time and influence. Why would God need to be stragetic?

  11. I think rigging a beauty contest to get your person into the palace for “such a time as this” is stragetic and I think God was shrewd to do it.

  12. I think rigging a beauty contest to get your person into the palace for “such a time as this” is stragetic and I think God was shrewd to do it.

  13. Wendy :-)

    “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” Matthew 10:16.

    I’m thinking that it means … be aware of the world and its ways and learn to work among those we rub shoulders with. So, in effect we are as wise to the lost as we are to the kingdom. It goes along with being in the world but not of it…I’m wondering if the fact that our enemy took on the form of a snake in the garden has anything to do with this analogy… ???

    I’m wondering if the shrewd manager ties in to being at peace with all men ??? ๐Ÿ™‚ good things to think about….

    Another sermon you rarely hear from the pulpit is about the Lord blessing those who love him to a “thousand” generations… but we often hear about how three generations will be cursed for those who hate the Lord… ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s weird… Hope you are having a nice relaxing vacation.

  14. Wendy :-)

    “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” Matthew 10:16.

    I’m thinking that it means … be aware of the world and its ways and learn to work among those we rub shoulders with. So, in effect we are as wise to the lost as we are to the kingdom. It goes along with being in the world but not of it…I’m wondering if the fact that our enemy took on the form of a snake in the garden has anything to do with this analogy… ???

    I’m wondering if the shrewd manager ties in to being at peace with all men ??? ๐Ÿ™‚ good things to think about….

    Another sermon you rarely hear from the pulpit is about the Lord blessing those who love him to a “thousand” generations… but we often hear about how three generations will be cursed for those who hate the Lord… ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s weird… Hope you are having a nice relaxing vacation.

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