Observation: The account of the Rich Man and Lazarus teaches us truths such as, people who reject the Bible are not going to believe when Jesus rises from the dead. We have to be careful to not glean things that are not being said from the story, such as, people who have a hard time on earth automatically go to heaven. That is not what Jesus is saying.
Question: What is Jesus communicating in telling us about the shrewd manager? It seems like the manager is hardly being ethical, yet Jesus seems to use it as an example for believers. I think Jesus is simply saying that Christians should seek to faithfully use finances on earth to share the gospel so that others will believe and have eternal life.
Application: What do I need to do to be known as a friend of sinners?
Prayer: Father, I praise You for the picture of Your pursuing love as seen in the father running to greet his son. Thank you for loving me and pursuing me.