The story of the wily steward has been a problem for interpreters. Does Jesus encourage dishonesty? As verse 8 shows, he is rather contrasting the clever industry of the this-worldly with the lethargy of children of the kingdom. Whether the steward is moral or immoral in his actions is not the point of the comparison. The charge against him was not dishonesty, but wastefulness and mismanagement. Jesus’ teaching, however, is an appeal for the “children of light” to be as enterprising in their pursuit of the kingdom as this steward was in trying to make a place for himself in this world. He follows this with a corollary on the use of worldly wealth in preparing for eternity. The crafty steward used his money to prepare an earthly dwelling. But, earthly wealth, though it may be associated with evil, can be put to good use for God’s kingdom. It can be given as alms to the poor and lowly so that their benefactor may share with them a place in the kingdom. A conclusion about stewardship is drawn for the followers of Jesus. As in this world, so in the kingdom” trustworthiness in small things leads to a greater trust. This refers to spiritual realities but is also concerned with physical stewardship. There is always the danger of subordinating the spiritual to the material without realizing that a new master had taken over.