Sunday, March 6, 2011

Faithful with a Little and Faithful with Much

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) 

I read an article a few weeks ago which examined the growing number of professional athletes who are now facing bankruptcy.  These are men who at one time were making millions of dollars a year, but somehow squandered all of it.  I have to wonder how someone making 20 million or so a year for several years runs through all of that money.  One would have thought they would have laid a portion of the money aside to live on after retirement.  Apparently, these athletes thought their income was a bottomless pit of money.  However, they discovered too late those funds can indeed be spent in their entirety.   

Most of us, me included, have wondered what it would be like to have access to such large amounts of income.  Would we do any better?  Would we handle such immense wealth more carefully lest we squander it all?  I like to think that I would be more cautious than others who mishandled such great wealth.  Jesus said in Luke 16 the key is being faithful in all we have regardless of how much it is.  Whatever the amount of income with which we have been blessed we are given the charge of being faithful.  The Word of God teaches that when we are faithful the Lord will provide, and He will bring His blessings into our lives.  If you are of average income then be faithful and God will bless you.  If you have been blessed with a million dollars be faithful also, for the Lord will honor those who handle faithfully what He has provided.   

Part of the high call of God in Christ Jesus is to be faithful in every aspect of our lives.  This includes our finances, our time, and our abilities.  The one who can sing or play an instrument is called to put those talents to work in the Lord’s service.  They may have voices capable of rivaling any famous singer or they may possess modest singing ability.  In either case they are called to serve the Lord and be faithful with their talents.  The same can be said of any other resource with which the Lord has blessed us. 

Whatever your gifts, abilities, or talents, be sure to seek the Lord and be faithful.  When we are faithful with a little the Lord will add to what we have.  He will take what we give Him and multiply it for His glory and our benefit.  Be faithful and serve the Lord with gladness.

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