Why was what the steward did shrewd? v3-4: “the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me… I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’” He realises his stewardship is going to end, so he makes sure he’ll be looked after when that day comes. And in v9 we’re told to do something similar, so that when our earthly lives end we’ll be received into eternal dwellings.
When I was looking at v13 I found that the same words (“No servant can serve two masters…”) are recorded in Matt 6:24, and looking at the context there, in v19-21 you find a similar message about investing in where you’re going to be when this life ends. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” And Luke 12:19-21 is similar as well, where a rich man says ““Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.””
We have the option of either laying up treasure in heaven, where it will last for eternity, or laying up treasure here, where, even if it does last until we die, we can’t take it with us. How foolish are we to choose the latter?
Francis Chan illustrates this point well with a rope.