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#goshrewd…Don’t Hide, But Be Clever For Christ!

Sometimes you hear a story with such a schemingly devious ingenuity that, even though you know it is wrong, for a moment…just a moment, you say, “well done, guy; well done.” Such is the case with Australian electrician, Tom Colella. Over the last two years, Colella successfully ditched work to play golf over 140 times, using only a foil potato chip bag and a lot of deception!

I know. Some of you are shaking your heads, saying, “how terrible.” Others are asking, “how?…I just want to know for a friend!”

Well, Colella had a GPS tracking device he has to carry for his work. But when he put the device in a foil potato chip bag, it masked where he was. Then, he put information in the computer system that looked like he was completing his tasks.

Ok. Clever. But guess what? You can’t hide forever. And when they found out, Colella was fired.

I’m reminded of a manager in Luke 16. He cheats his master out of accounts receivable in order to ingratiate himself with future potential employers. Rather than a penalty, though, the master simply “praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly.” Yes, I said praised.

Don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean the servant was good or right or saved. He just did something clever.

So Jesus makes this point: “the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.” Did you catch that? He isn’t congratulating or encouraging sin. Jesus simply wants His disciples to diligently manage spiritual things at least as well as people who are focused on worldly things!

That’s a tall order. The people of this world are constantly working to maximize profit, meet customer demands, and exceed expectations. But, what if Christians were so interested in promoting the gospel that they tried as hard as worldly minded people do?

Christ isn’t looking for folks who want to get out of work with tin foil bags. But He is looking for a few folks who will use their brains and hearts for His glory! #goshrewd


Do you want to be famous? Wealthy? Known and adored by millions? What would you do to achieve your goals? Oscar Wilde once said, “To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.” Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us “resemble that remark.” The problem with achieving goals is rarely that we need more information. Rather, achieving goals takes discipline and years of work. OR DOES IT? Maybe it just takes millions of “mahomies.”

Austin Mahone is the teen pop sensation who went from obscurity to stardom because of the internet. Even though most of us are aware that the internet is incredibly powerful, stories such as Mahone’s still stagger the imagination. Mahone began posting videos of himself singing in mid-2010. He developed a huge following online (dominated by teenage females, called “mahomies”). He has over 2.7 million fans on Facebook, 2.7 million followers on Twitter, 1.5 million followers on Instagram, and his YouTube channel has exceeded over 90 million views and consists of approximately 500,000 subscribers. Now he has officially signed a deal with Chase/Universal Republic Records.

How do you go from obscurity to millions of fans, a record deal, and the ability to set up Skype calls at $50 for 10 minutes? It is a bit of a mystery, isn’t it? Of course, clever marketing plays a part, but lots of people are spending lots of energy trying to become stars with no success. To say the least, Mahone’s story is not the one we grew up with where the country music singer sells everything, hitches a ride to Nashville, and waits tables while looking for that one big chance.

In Luke 16, Jesus said that “the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light” (16:8). Is it possible that we desire to share Jesus with others but that our methods are outdated, our efforts are lackadaisical, and His “fan base” isn’t energized. “Mahomies” boosted an unknown teenager to stardom in a matter of days. What can motivated Christians do to help people learn about the Son of God? Have you posted about Christ today? Have you shared your love of Jesus today? Have you told someone that they can have eternal salvation through His blood? I just did…your turn.