Can we be trusted?


                “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16: 10-12)


There are two kinds of riches; earthly riches, and heavenly riches. The heavenly riches are far more valuable, for they are eternal.  God has granted to mankind temporary possession of many earthly treasures.  Every human being is a steward; a steward is ‘someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else.’  How one handles what they have been given in this life, indicates whether they are capable of properly handling eternal life.  Those who have abused what is God’s will never receive their own everlasting possessions.

When I was young (before I knew Jesus Christ) I had little respect for the possessions of others.  Whenever my mother allowed me to take her vehicle, I abused it.  I would hit jumps, take friends out riding on dirt roads, and drive through snow banks.  In college, my dad bought me a new vehicle; a car ‘all my own.’  I abused that car to within an inch of its life. I smoked in it; I left garbage wrappers in it; I hit jumps with it; once when I was drunk I rode over a bunch of mail-boxes with it (popping the tire.)  I had a friend kick in the side door; I got it stuck in a ditch; I had a window smashed in; the door handles were ripped off etc.  Eventually the automobile was taken away from me.  Had my Dad read this scripture, he would have known I was not worthy to possess my own vehicle.

This life is a test.  The things we have are not ours; they are God’s.  Our wives, our children, our houses, our cars, our friends, our families, our bodies, our jobs, and even our money; it all belongs to God, and we must care for them accordingly.  If we succeed in being good stewards of the possessions in this life, we will receive for ourselves, eternal possessions.  Be a good steward of what you have been given; take care of what is His; and your reward will be great.  If you can be trusted with what is least, He will one day entrust you with what is much.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and ask that You help us to be good stewards of what we have been given.  May we be faithful in the very least of our possessions.  May we always be pleasing to You; and may we one day inherit true riches; eternal riches; everlasting riches.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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