Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. – Luke 16:10 (NIV)
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. – Luke 16:10 (KJV)
This is our first week on a new theme: Giving & Stewardship
Our first verse on our next theme, Giving & Stewardship, comes straight from the mouth of Jesus. He said these words while telling a parable about a dishonest man who was mismanaging the resources of a rich man (see the “Parable of the Shrewd Manager” in Luke 16:1-14). His message here in verse 10 was pretty straightforward…if we prove to be honest and trustworthy (i.e., good stewards) with small things, then we can be trusted with much greater responsibilities. On the other hand, if we are dishonest and untrustworthy with small things, then how can we expect God to trust us with greater resources (on Earth or in Heaven)? Here’s the verse in context:
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? – Luke 16:10-12 (NIV)
God expects us to be good stewards of our resources, no matter how great or how small those resources may be. Every blessing we have—money, material things, health, talents, family, friends, time, wisdom—really belongs to God. And, like the rich man in the parable, He’s just trusting us to manage those gifts for a while. Let’s make sure we use them for His glory.