10 “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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Luke 16:10-13
These verses are possibly some of the best stewardship passages in the Bible. How are you with the small things when it comes to money? How we handle the small things when it comes to money is crucial for stewarship. Our habits are formed as we handle the small things. How good we are with dealing with the small things offers us a reflection of how we will deal with the big things.
Would you handle a dollar like you would a $100 bill? Do you ever catch yourself saying, “it is only a dollar?” What if we treated every dollar as if it were a blessing? We would probably be more intentional about how we spend every dollar that God has blessed us with.
If I delegate something to someone, I trust that they will carry it out with the utmost integrity. If they do not carry out the task with the highest standards, I certainly can’t trust them to carry out a much larger, more significant task. Trust is earned by how we deal with the small things. Incidentally, the word dishonest in verse 10 also means untrustworthy.
This is not only about money. It is the stewardship of all things. Verse 11 points out that there is a difference between worldly wealth and true riches. At least to me, true riches come from God’s definition of true abundance. God’s abundance is much greater than all of the riches of the world. Abundance obviously includes money as a sub-component. However, it is much bigger than just money – the abundant life!
Finally, the most important verse is verse 13. Verse 13 first appears in the Bible in Mathew chapter 6, verse 24. It also shows up again in Luke, making it twice the important. I have always felt that this was the stewardship verse in the Bible. If we serve God with a heart of stewardship and priority over our relationship with him, we treat every dollar, every opportunity, every task, every relationship….every single thing differently. We take care of every aspect of that blessing and live with a sense of gratitude for the small and large things.
With this being Thanksgiving week, it is a time to reflect on life and gratitude for all of the blessings of life. Thank God for the small things in life and thank Him for what they teach us.