And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
ESV - 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
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In my opinion, the children of light to whom Jesus was referring are those who try to conform their conduct to God's standards, which (among other things) would preclude dishonest or unauthorized dealing for personal gain, such as the "shrewd" steward in Jesus's parable did by telling his master's debtors (without the master's permission) to reduce the amounts that they owed to the master, in order to ingratiate himself with the debtors, so that they would hire or otherwise care for him after the master had dismissed him, as the master had warned in Luke 16:2 that he was going to do. Such cunning individuals are frequently more successful from a material standpoint in this life than the children of light, because the children of light are not focused on material gain. To me, the point that Jesus is making is that those who seek to follow God should be as shrewd and single-minded in their conduct as non-believers (the "sons of this world") are in theirs -- but instead in the use of money and other material resources that God has entrusted to them for purposes that honor God and further His kingdom, rather than for personal gain or welfare.
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