Trust God in your stewardship and your faithfulness will be rewarded. Dishonest paths and strategies may be successful in the short-term, yet God’s blessings can far outweigh human ideas and effort. With what have you been entrusted to steward in this life?
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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Jesus was teaching on the concepts of loving money and the way we use wealth in our world today. The Pharisees, who loved money (Luke 16:14) were sneering at him while he spoke. People sure don’t take kindly to being outed for their corruption…
One of the truths Jesus reminds us of here is that past performance predicts future performance. When we show ourselves to be faithful, we will be trusted with more – this is true in our homes, lives, work, and with God.
Jesus ties this issue of faithful stewardship to serving the master of money. He says that we cannot serve two masters, which means that our stewardship must serve God. In other words, when we take care of property, we ought to do so in service to our master, God. We shouldn’t be serving our goals of financial gain or greed. Notice how those two things don’t go together?
That’s not to say that we should make unwise financial decisions. We should serve the Lord first, and in the context of serving God, make righteous decisions with property and finances. Dishonest paths and strategies may be successful in the short-term, yet God’s blessings can far outweigh human ideas.
Trust God in your stewardship and your faithfulness will be rewarded. What area of your life could use this wisdom? Apply it today…