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Monday, May 7, 2012

Being Trustworthy With Responsibility

A summary of Luke 16::10-12 says, "If you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in large ones.  But if you are dishonest in the little things, you won’t be honest with the greater responsibilities.  If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?  If you are not faithful with other peoples things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?"

Bottom Line:
How you handle the things you have today (even small or things that belong to others) matters greatly.  The way you handle these is an indicator of how you’ll handle greater responsibilities  If you are not trustworthy with what you have, why should you be given greater and higher levels of responsibility.

That this means to me:
Everything God has given us is a trust and a responsibility.  How we handle the small things or the things that don’t belong to us matter greatly to him.  If we cannot be trusted with the small things or areas that don’t belong to us then why would he or anyone else trust you with more.  He blesses those who handle their stewardships rightly.  This doesn’t mean I’ll always be perfect in managing them.  I learn by our failures as much as I do my successes.  However if I have a pattern in my life that doesn’t practice integrity or care or even rightly handle the things entrusted to me, I won’t be trusted with more.  As God and those around me in Church Life or Work believe in me and trust me, I’m given the opportunity with more.  As a I prove faithful in these stewardships, God will grant more and through it I can continue to grow.  I need to constantly keep in mind that I am a steward in this world, I don’t own anything (it all belongs to God, even if I’m paying for it.)  I need to steward the things I’m being entrusted with.  Today I will practice effective stewardship (being trusted with little or things that don’t belong to me) so that I can please God.  Those times when I think I’m being overlooked for responsibility should be my trigger to review how I’m handling what I’ve been entrusted with.