Sunday, January 26, 2014

Luke 16:10

Luke 16:10 – “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.”

In order to fully understand what Jesus is saying here we need to come to the realization that what we have is not ours. All we have has been given to us by God to watch over and use to bring Him glory. We are merely stewards. Our earnings are not our own, even our talents and abilities have been entrusted to us for His glory. Once we understand this it will be easier to understand how this verse applies to us. If we remain in the mindset that everything we have is ours to do with as we please, we will not understand what Jesus means when He says that we have been “trusted” with what we have.
Jesus tells us here that the amount we have been given isn't going to change how we act with it. Some say, “If I only had more I would start tithing and giving to others.” But I tell you, if you are not generous now, getting more will not change that. We see in this verse that the only thing that will happen when you get more is that you will be stingy with more. We need to learn how to be trustworthy with what we now have, whatever it is, so that when it increases we will be ready.
So, we are stewards with what we have and we need to learn how to be generous in all circumstances. Part of this is tithing, but part of it goes beyond that, and it’s not all about money either. Generosity includes whatever you have to give. If you see someone in need, figure out how you can help fill that need. Use your talents and abilities, kind words, things you already have and then also your money if you can. Proverbs tells us that the generous man will himself be blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. We should all desire to be on the blessing end of that verse, but we have to learn generosity. You ask God for more, but can He trust you with what you already have?

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