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Scripture Reading: Luke 16:1-8

Shrewdness of the Sons of this Age



1.  Jesus drew attention to the shrewdness of the sons of this age, Luke 16:8.

  a.  Shrewd: “intelligent, wise…prudent” (Thayer, 658).

  b.  “Mindful of one’s interests” (Ibid), Matt. 10:16.

2.  Take some lessons from the sons of this age to lay up treasures in heaven, Matt. 6:19-21.



  A.  Sons of this Age are Committed to their Survival.

    1.  Devoted to material survival and self-preservation, Luke 16:1-8 (3-4).

    2.  Sons of light: Devoted to things above, Col. 3:1-5 (1-11).

  B.  Sons of this Age are Often More Aware of their Circumstances than Sons of Light, Luke 16:2-4.

    1.  Alertness of snakes, Matt. 10:16 (preservation, protection).

    2.  Avoid being unaware of spiritual dangers, 1 Cor. 10:1.

    3.  Naiveté is not necessarily a virtue, Matt. 10:16; Rom. 16:17-18.

      a.  In innocence, yes, 1 Cor. 14:20.

      b.  In understanding, must be mature, 1 Cor. 14:20.

         -Don’t believe everything you are told (1 Thess. 5:21-22).

         -Truth of Christ's word (John 8:31-32).

    4.  Be watchful, 1 Thess. 5:4-9; 1 Pet. 5:8; Matt. 25:13; 26:41.

  C.  Sons of this Age Use their Knowledge to Achieve their Objectives, Luke 16:3-4 (self-preservation).

    1.  Do not be ignorant, 1 Cor. 12:1; 1 Thess. 4:13.

    2.  Be mature in understanding, 1 Cor. 14:20.

    3.  Avoid self-deception of conceit, Rom. 11:25.

    4.  Source and result of understanding, Eph. 3:3-5; Jas. 3:13.

      a.  What is your objective: Evangelism? Spiritual growth? Etc.

      b.  Don’t go into anything you want to achieve without knowledge, Hosea 4:6.

  D.  Sons of this Age Stay Focused on their Goal, Luke 16:4.

    1.  They are about survival in the material world.

    2.  We need to be survivors in the spiritual realm, Lk. 16:9.

    3.  We are too easily distracted, Mk. 4:18-19.


II.  WHAT SHOULD WE DO? Luke 16:9-12

  A.  Be Faithful Stewards of Material Blessings, 16:9.

      -Trustworthiness in material things (“what is least,” 16:10).

  B.  Be Faithful Stewards of Spiritual Blessings.

      -Equipped to be faithful “in much” (spiritual riches, 16:11-12; Col. 2:2-3, 6-8). How?

    1.  Keep godly priorities, Luke 16:13 (Matt. 6:33-34).

    2.  Use material blessings to do good and lay up eternal treasures, Luke 12:33-34 (1 Tim. 6:17-19) Acts 20:35.

    3.  Take care of spiritual wealth…eternal welfare, Luke 16:11-12.

      a.  Don’t be lovers of money, Luke 16:14-15.

      b.  Don’t leave our first love, Rev. 2:4-5.

      c.   Don’t become lukewarm in our faith, Rev. 3:15-18.

      d.  Abound in the work of the Lord, 1 Cor. 15:58.



1.  We cannot serve two masters (God and  riches), Lk. 16:13.

2.  Spiritual riches must come first, or our day of accounting (judgment) will bring eternal sorrow and misery.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted April 4, 2021