Jesus concluded his parable of the dishonest steward with the moral:
“the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their
own generation than the children of light.” Lk 16:1-8
So what could that possibly mean?
And how might we interpret it today?
Jesus may have been talking about the Pharisees and the disbelieving Jews,
as being the “children of the Light.”
You see, they were God’s “Chosen Ones.” And they thought they were the
only ones to deserve the privilege of living in the Light of God. As such,
they became very selfish, greedy and judgmental. And they were very
defensive of any threat to their “self-defined” kingdom,
including Jesus himself.
Thus when Jesus was talking about the “children of this world”
He most likely meant everyone outside the Jewish race.
These people were called the Gentiles.
Jesus was in “this” world and the children of the light did not accept him.
They did not know how to deal with him, as their promised Messiah.
But the Gentiles did. They recognized His miracles, His healings,
and His Love as being – only possible through God.
Thus the children of the world were more prudent in dealing
with their own generation (Jesus).
Today we live in a totally different world than even just 20 years ago.
So when we are still living in the moral world of 40 years ago or more,
even though we have the experience and wisdom of the ages,
we become today’s “children of the light.”
And in thinking so, we may be locking ourselves out
of understanding, of dealing with the current generation.
So how DO we deal with this new world, a world of distrust,
immorality, death, greed and evil?
We don’t need to become like them. We just need to understand
where they are coming from and reintroduce “the Light”
to them in their own terms: “What’s in it for me?”
“Is there instant gratification, instant glorification?”
And then we gradually, slowly, introduce them to God.
We help them to discover –
A LOVE they never could have imagined even existed.
But it does!
And His Name is Jesus!
Jesus in time, Jesus in us and Jesus in them . . .
And then, very gradually, we introduce them
to this MAGNIFICENT Body,
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(. . . beginning of a NEW LIFE!)