Today’s Bible reading is Genesis 43 and Luke 16.
In Luke 16:10, Jesus teaches his disciples a principle worth chewing on throughout the day:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
Do you have “very little” at your disposal–very little time, money, and opportunity? Don’t give in to the temptation to rationalize:
- “If I had more time, I would do more for other people.”
- “If I had more money, I would sacrifice more of it for those in need.”
- “If I had more opportunity, I would be more active in kingdom service.”
Truth be told, maybe what I’m really doing with those “If I had more” rationalizations is being “dishonest in a very little.” Maybe I’m using the “little” I think I have as a feeble cover for my immaturity, misplaced priorities, and selfishness. Maybe the Lord has blessed me with a lot more time, money, and opportunity than I’ve been willing to recognize.
Or, maybe you truly do have “very little.” Alright. Be faithful with it. Talk the talk and walk the walk of a disciple who is seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, even with a very little. Build character, wisdom, and discipline so that if the Lord blesses you with “much” down the line, you’re mature enough to keep that “much” in perspective.
Whether you have “very little,” “much,” or something in between, here’s the point for today–be faithful.
“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Luke 16:13)