Everything Jesus teaches is for our benefit. However, the parable of the Shrewd Manager is one of the most confusing in the gospels and the lesson Jesus is teaching is hidden and must be found. At first it appears Jesus is commending favorably the actions of a manager, who appears to doing something unscrupulous and dishonest, for his benefit. Jesus is commenting on the behaviors of those who consider themselves spiritual and those that are worldly. He is critiquing the behavior of the “people of the light”! What is HE saying? What is it that Jesus wants his followers to do? As we delve deeper into the parable, we become aware that Jesus is leading us to think about idols and their impact on our relationship to GOD. It appears as a critique on wealth, but there is a much deeper meaning to this parable.