This is a difficult parable, but part of the problem is our habit of treating the parables of Jesus allegorically, in that we expect every detail to have a theological correspondence. This is not the right way to interpret parables–rather, the parables are startling stories drawn from everyday life that make surprising spiritual points.
So, in this case, don’t try to figure out who the unjust steward is and who the master is and what the oil represents. Instead, focus on the main point, which I take to be this:
If people in this world know how to use their possessions in a way that works with this world’s values, how much more should the followers of Jesus know how to use their possessions in in a way that works with the values of the world to come!
In other words, a Christian ought to use his money in accordance of the values of the Kingdom of God.
Does that help?
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