Sunday, July 14, 2013
Read Luke 16: 19-31
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. Luke 16: 10-11
What does monetary fortitude have to do with spiritual responsibilities? If a person cannot manage his earthly finances and honor God how can He bless you with the desires of the heart? Mail-room to CEO or shack to castle the progress doesn’t happen overnight. There has to be trust and a thankful spirit before you can gain more.
I believe I can fly
Many years ago I was a pretty good basketball player. Deifying gravity allowed me to play above the rim and my unique jumping abilities impressed the coach. Opposed to working harder to prove myself worthy I believed my skills entitled me to start. For three years I complained thinking I deserved more. My senior year coach asked “How do you see yourself contributing to the team?”
I replied “as a starter.”
Looking back over my life I only relied on my abilities never once making an effort to improve. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” So, I quit the team…
There are many frustrated Christians who believe just because they professed Jesus as Lord and quoted a few scriptures they are guaranteed all things will be granted in life. In part, their belief is true. However, if there is not an attitude of gratitude for the little things why should God bless with more?
Spiritual wealth is far more valuable that earthly wealth. If a person cannot show appreciation and a willingness to honor God with the little things – job, house, or money how could God bless with more? If there is always a sense of entitlement – “I deserve more because _____ (you fill in the blank) this is displaying a lack of gratitude.
The flip side
Take for example the rich man in today’s scripture lesson. His wealth enabled him to assist the beggar but he chose not to. Yet in the afterlife he desired water. One can assume the rich man expressed a sense of entitlement because of his earthly status. The question is if God blessed you with more what would you do with it?
People desire for something greater. Be it wealth, money, or job. Any of theses things can be a blessing or curse. It is what you do with them which make the difference.
Desires of the heart
So I ask the question again – if God granted you your biggest desire would you hoard and lavish self or would you utilize a portion to bless others?
As you seek the desires of your heart consider how you will begin to think more of others than self. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”