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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

Retire, But Don’t Quit

akihito retireUntil WWII, many Japanese believed the Emperor was a god. Japan’s Emperor Akihito is the current holder of the Chrysanthemum Throne, a dynasty that claims to be the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy (legend has it at ~2,600 years).  These days, the position is mostly a figurehead, and no one calls the Emperor a god, but the monarchy remains central to Japan’s identity.

But Emperor Akihito has a problem. Run down from health issues and the demands of his job, at 82 years of age he wants to slow things down a bit. In fact, he would really like to do something that many people take for granted; he’d like to retire.

Unfortunately for Akihito, Japan’s laws don’t allow that! Neither can an Emperor make overtly political statements, such as, “please change the law to let me retire.” Stuck in a tough position, Akihito appealed directly to the people last week. In his address, he made his case, veiled as it was, that he should be allowed to abdicate his throne.

But, while Akihito would like to retire, he isn’t asking to quit.

Quitting is a far cry from retiring. Emperor Akihito doesn’t intend to do nothing. There are ways he wants to serve his people and tasks he has in mind. He simply believes that it is time to change his responsibilities and title. And well over 80% of Japanese agree he should be allowed.

Even God, the only, true God, the Creator of the Universe, rested (Genesis 2:1-3). Since then, matter and energy have been transformed, but no new creation has taken place. God stopped His task of creating and transitioned into a different role.

What about you, friend? Have you retired? Great! But don’t quit! You are never too old to do good works for God’s Kingdom. I hope you never think, “I don’t need to be vigilant in faith…I’m retired!” Responsibilities change, but there is always something we can do.

Jesus said, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (John 5:17). Let’s follow Christ’s example and keep our efforts alive and well…even in retirement.