Am I being trustworthy from heaven’s perspective with the worldly possessions entrusted to me?
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? - Luke 16:10-12
We have a tendency to relate Jesus’ teachings to everything in the temporal (our life on earth) and forget about the eternal implications. I used to read this passage and say, “Ahhh, if I’m wise with my finances in small matters, God will give me more.” My mind focused only on how this teaching would help me now. While that principle well may be true sometimes (the disciples clearly did not benefit in this way while on earth), it is not the main point Jesus is teaching at all. Jesus is making the more important point of saying that how we handle the things he has given us here, will determine how he handles us in eternity. Everything on earth, and everything we have, belongs to God—our time, talents, and resources. We are called to be wise stewards. A good steward is one who understands God’s ownership of all, and who places importance on using His stuff to increase His return on investment, not squandering it on the pursuit of pleasures. I think of all the good I could have done, with all that money I was earning in business, if I had known God better and had more wisdom. Today, when I give, I understand that a reward awaits me in heaven, not always here.
Often times, God tests our hearts in seemingly insignificant matters. Our irresponsibility in the little things shows our true character and will hold back our progress and His blessings. If we have failed at this in the past, let us receive His forgiveness and grace now, so that we can grow in this area and bring much pleasure to God and blessing to our self.