Shrewd - Daring to Live the Startling Command of Jesus
It doesn't seem to make sense: Jesus tells his disciples to take a lesson from Satan himself. A scandalous idea? Yes. Essential to the Christian life? Definitely. Drawing on Jesus's parable of the shrewd manager in Luke...
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It doesn't seem to make sense: Jesus tells his disciples to take a lesson from Satan himself.
A scandalous idea? Yes. Essential to the Christian life? Definitely.
Drawing on Jesus's parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16, Rick Lawrence explores Jesus's shocking mandate to be as shrewd as Satan and as innocent as the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus implies, if we are going to be any good for the Kingdom of God, we've got to be a lot shrewder than we are now.
Shrewd shows us how Jesus was naturally shrewd in every encounter he had, using leverage such as laughter, generosity, and bluntness to influence a situation for good.
God calls us to be shrewd without evil intent, just as Jesus was. Because the truth is that we have no salvation outside of the holy shrewdness of a loving God. And that's a scandalous story worth telling.
John Baker is the founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry born out of the heart of Saddleback Church. The program is being used in 12,000 churches and over 500,000 individuals have completed the program. John began serving as a lay pastor at Saddleback in 1991; and in 2001, Rick Warren asked John to become the pastor of Celebrate Recovery. He travels nationally speaking at churches and training them in the Celebrate Recovery program. John and his wife, Cheryl, have been married almost four decades and have served together in Celebrate Recovery since 1991. They have two adult children. John B