Luke 16:10 What Can You Be Trusted With?

“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

Honesty in the workplace is something that is often overlooked or ignored. Managers will talk about people being honest in what they do, but many people will ignore what is said.

Occasionally someone does take big things, but more often than not it is little things that people take that don’t have a lot of value. No one really likes a dishonest person, but many are guilty of being dishonest themselves.

Jesus gave a parable about handling things. He then says that one who can be trust with just a little, can be trusted with a lot, and same opposite with not be trusted with little.

When something small is taken or handled incorrectly, most people think that it can be ignored. A common thing taken by many people, that is little, is a pen. Pens are taken from work places on a regular basis. Most people think it is acceptable, yet, taking a pen without permission is stealing.

If a person cannot be trusted with a small pen, how will he be trusted with great wealth or things?

Many believers are guilty of this very same action and other similar actions. God hands people little things to see what they do with it. As the believer handles things correctly, God will give greater things.

These things are not only physical things, but also positions and abilities. Every believer must use every thing and ability to glorify God and build His kingdom. Being dishonest is using these things in the wrong way for personal gain or without permission.

It is the choice of each person to be trustworthy or not.

Every day you will have choices to make as to whether you will be trustworthy with something or not. Instead of following the ways of the world and being dishonest with what you have been given or what is available, follow God and be honest.

Use things and positions in the correct way with permission. Do not allow yourself to give in to “small” things, but be honest in every thing. Although man may not see what you are doing, God does.

You have the choice of being honest or being dishonest.

How much can God trust you with?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God can trust you with small things; that God will give you strength to overcome being dishonest in any area of your life; and that you will see God give you greater things because of the trust He can have in you.

Habakkuk 2:9 Building A House

“Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin!” Habakkuk 2:9

Habakkuk had noticed all the people who refused to follow God were appearing to be prosperous and making it. He could not understand how the pagans could be wealthy, while the believers suffered, so he questions God about what He is seeing. God answers him. God points out that there will be trouble for the person who builds his house by evil ways.

A house is where a person lives, eats, and sleeps in. It is a representation of a part of their life. For some people it is a major portion of their life, while with others it is only a small part of their life. It depends on how much they work or travel.

Lives and homes are built all the time with money that is worked for. Most people will state that they have legally earned the money that they have to build their life the way that they want to. The real challenge is what a person means by work.

Some people when they do go to work, they cut corners all the time at work, not fully working, and still get a paycheck. Others do work hard all the time, but are doing things that are illegal or sinful to get their money. These are people building their house on something that is unjust gain.

Even though they appear to be successful, God is watching them and their time will come. Their house is not built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. It is built upon things of this world and it will come crashing down in the end.

If you are believer, you must work at things that will honor God. Gaining money to build your life will do no good if it is gained by measures that does not honor God in any way or goes against God’s commands. If you sell something that promotes sin, you are building your house by unjust gain. If you do not give all of yourself to your work, when you are working, then you are building your house by unjust gain.

Take a look at your life and how you are building your house. What is the foundation? What are the materials you are using? Does it honor God? Or is it being done in the ways of this world?

I pray today that Jesus will be the foundation of your life; that you will build your life in God’s ways; that the work you do will show honor to God; and that you will be a witness of God wherever you work.

Proverbs 10:9 Integrity And Crooked Paths

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9

Things of this world can be achieved or taken one of two ways: the correct way or the crooked way. The majority of people will quickly state that doing things in a crooked way is wrong and should not be done at all. While many say this, many of those same people do things in a crooked way.

It is common to hear people cheat a “little” on their taxes, or to go back on their promises. How many people cheat their employer with leaving work a few minutes early or arriving a few minutes late? How many people “gossip” about another friend or person that they know? How many people promote a situation as bigger or worse than it really was in order to get ahead? How many people look at things online in the private of their house or room?

These types of actions and many more are promoted and encouraged by the world. How many tv shows and movies promote this stuff? The world says it is acceptable to do this as long as you do not get caught.

Each of these things are crooked paths. Crooks keep trying to steal things, thinking that they will never get caught. With time, nearly every crook will get caught. Ultimately everyone gets caught by God.

The opposite of this type of life, is one of integrity. It is doing the right thing when no one is looking, or doing the right thing even when it hurts.

As a believer, you must keep in mind that God is always watching. The world may not think anything of you doing something, but God does care.

If you are living with integrity, you can walk securely knowing that you will never be in trouble or correctly accused of doing something wrong. Those who take crooked paths are always on the watch for being found out and caught.

How are you living your life today?

Are you living in integrity, doing the right thing all the time, every time?

Or are you trying to cut corners and cheat the system God has set up, taking a crooked path?

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will walk with the integrity of God; that God will strengthen you to flee all crooked paths in this life; and that the world will see God’s integrity in you.

Colossians 3:23-24 Do Everything For God

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

In these verses Paul is speaking directly and specifically to slaves. Although today most people are not slaves in the same sense of physical purchase and ownership, most everyone is a slave to someone. There is someone that they have to answer to and obey, whether it is a parent, boss, or some other authority, there is usually someone who is in control.

Paul is telling the people to work with all their heart. This is working with the best of your ability, not cutting corners, and not complaining.

Many people in the workplace like to cut corners on getting things done. They like to show up five minutes late or leave five minutes early because they know that the time clock works in fifteen minute increments. Others will stop working and talk for twenty minutes on a fifteen minute break. Some will work slower than they are actually able to work. All of these and many other ways are cheating the boss.

God wants you to work for that boss or obey that authority as though it was Jesus standing there telling you what to do. Every good thing that you do will be rewarded by God someday. The struggles and hardships that you endure working on this earth will get you an inheritance in heaven some day.

This work is not to gain you salvation or favor with God. It is showing your love for God and for others. It is doing the right thing. Do it whether someone sees you or not, because God is watching you and sees all that you are doing or not doing. Do it out of sincerity of your heart and obedience to God.

How do you obey those over you today? Do you cheat, lie, or cut corners? Or do you do the right thing every time, all the time?

I pray today that God will give you the strength to do the work that needs to be done; that you will do everything you do for Jesus; that you will know that God will reward you some day; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 6:7 Accept Being Cheated

“The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” 1 Corinthians 5:7

The church in Corinth had people who were doing wrong to others. Some of those people be wronged were taking the others to court to bring a lawsuit against them. Paul says that because of this they are already defeated, they have lost.

At least in America, if not the world, lawsuits have become a common practice everywhere. A person can sue someone for pretty much anything. It started in the 1990’s with the lady winning a lawsuit against McDonalds when she spilled hot coffee on her lap and burned herself. Somehow McDonalds was to blame.

Now people bring lawsuits when a person offends them in any way. Courts are filled with cases of people trying to get at the other person. Sometimes it is not against a person, but a business, or the government.

Paul says that the believers are defeated when they have lawsuits done. Think about Jesus. He was wronged in many ways. Yet He did not go to the courts, or to God-His Father, to sue the people or God. He accepted the wrong done to Him. He knew that the Father had something greater in the plan through those wrongs.

Every person has been wronged or cheated by someone. Even in the church this will happen. You must strive your best to never be the one who did the wrong or cheating. When someone does you wrong or cheats you, you must still love them and forgive them. Most won’t do the lawsuit, but will go to others to denounce the person and get them into trouble.

Do not go after the person with a revenge. Remember that vengeance is God’s choice. You are to love, serve, and build others up. Going after them with a lawsuit is getting revenge. Allow God to work in their hearts and your heart. Allow the wrong or cheating to occur and see what God can do in and through it for you and the other person.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and others; that you will allow God to change other people’s hearts; that God will give you strength to allow the wrongs of others in your life; and that God will build His kingdom through you.