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.

1 Timothy 3:8 Worthy Of Respect

“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8

Paul had just given an extensive list of qualifications for an overseer or pastor. He now talks about the deacons. He gives them the same requirements.

It is easy for people to look at this list and think it is not for them. They are not a deacon so it does not matter. Often they will enforce these things on the deacon. Yet, all of these things are good for any believer.

Respect is something everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. When a person is harsh, cheating, vulgar, lying, lazy, or many other negative things, there is no respect earned. Every believer should be living a life of respect.

Believers should be sincere in what they say and do. There are some who just joke around all the time, there is no sincerity. Be sincere in the job, service, ministry, family, and anything else.

The world loves to have their drink in excess. Believers should be limited. The Bible does allow for some drinking, but not in excess. Personally I do not agree with any at all, but it is on the line that if I, as a believer, drink a little, a non-believer may see and choose to drink a lot. I would feel responsible for his going to far. Either way, no one should ever get drunk.

Believers must also not pursue dishonest gain. This is getting something that you did not work for. This can be honor and praise for someone else’s work. Each person must earn what he gets.

How are you living your life today? Do you have these qualifications?

It does not mean you must be a deacon, but just that you are living a life worthy of respect. Jesus lived this type of life and you are supposed to live like He did.

Seek God for strength and direction to live your life like Jesus did. Turn from the wrong ways.

I pray today that you will strive to live for God; that God will guide you in how to live for Him; that the world will see that you are a believer in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.