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.

Jeremiah 7:9-10 A False Hope

Fake lips

‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”–safe to do all these detestable things?’ Jeremiah 7:9-10 

It is very common for people to live multiple lives. They live one way around one group of people and a different way around others. In public they will often look and act like a model person, but then in their private lives they will treat people horribly, lie, cheat, steal and other things.

When they are eventually caught in doing something wrong, they will point to how ‘good’ they are in the public life. They feel as if the good things that they are doing in public can cover up the bad that they do in private.

God is upset with Israel. The people had been following false gods and living in sin, but then going to the temple and worshipping God on the Sabbath, believing that they were safe and His people.

There are many people inside the church who, while in church, look like good model believers who follow God with all of their life. However, during the rest of the week they are living in sinful lifestyles. The lie, steal, commit adultery and worship false gods in their lives.

These same people go to church on Sunday and believe that they are God’s people and are safe from God’s judgment.

Living like this is having false hope. It is trusting that God will save oneself while purposefully living in sin. The person who does this has blinders on his eyes and cannot see what is happening. There will be judgment in the end. He is not safe from God’s great wrath.

As you are going through this life, examine who you are when in church and when not in church. Your life should be the same no matter where you are. Your trust in God should dictate how you live your life.

Jesus forgave you of your sins so that you would no longer commit that sin, but turn away from it. To continue to live in sin is to spit upon the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is to reject Him and follow false gods. You have a false hope in your salvation.

Turn away form all sin and allow God to change you. Have a true hope in God’s saving and changing power in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will rely upon the Holy Spirit to guide how you live; that you will live in holiness for God; and that you will turn towards God and away from all sin.

Alligator Jazz (book review)

Alligator Jazz book

Title: Alligator Jazz
Author: Samuel E. Pittman II
Illustrated by: Sheila Bailey
Print: Gretna, Pelican Publishing Company, 2018

This book is a short children’s book about an alligator that plays a saxophone. His saxophone gets stolen by a weasel. After finding the weasel playing the saxophone, the alligator gets it back and forgives the weasel of doing wrong and they begin to work together.

The story illustrates the goodness of forgiving someone when he asks for forgiveness, instead of fighting back and getting revenge. It also describes the challenges of change and doing what you love to do with the best of your abilities. It shows that when you do something great, not everyone will like it and some will be jealous and try to take it from you.

This book is an excellent book for younger children–28 pages. It is a large size, hard back book with full page pictures in color on each page. Sheila Bailey does an excellent job with the illustrations. They are well detailed, but not overly done. With all of the colors and animals in each picture, they will draw the attention of little children.

The story is written on a level that a 9-10 year old could read on his own. Younger ones will just enjoy the large pictures and great story.

Samuel Pittman is a middle school English teacher and track and field coach. He wrote this book with struggles in mind that people sometimes have to go through.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with children, or grand-children, that love to read or hear stories.

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.

Jeremiah 7:9-10 False Security

“Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe” –safe to do all these detestable things?” Jeremiah 7:9-10

God had been watching the Israelites and was very upset with them. Many of them were living in sin, stealing, killing, adultery, lying, and worshiping other gods. As they were doing this, they would come into the temple of God each Sabbath day and say that they were the people of God and were safe. They felt that they were safe to do any sin that their heart desired.

There are many people all over the world who claim to be Christian. They go to church each Sunday and have a bible with them when they go. They know all the choruses and can quote all the major verses that need to be memorized. Yet, on Monday through Saturday, they live a completely different life.

Cheating, lying, stealing, gossip, drunkenness, drugs, immoral sex, adultery, anger, and many more sins are committed each day of the week. As they go to church, they do not repent of the sins in any way. They feel as though they are going to heaven, because they had confessed Jesus and are going to church, yet, refuse to live according to God’s ways. In church they are saying they are safe and will not be condemned.

God hates sin and sinful living. God is watching each person and how they really live their lives. Each person will be judged by how he lives his life.

As a believer, you must confess daily any sins to Jesus and request for forgiveness. You must be willing to turn away from all sin. Do not purposefully live in any sin, no matter how big or how small it is. All sin is sin and is detestable to God.

Do not believe that just because you know the bible and go to church each week, you are saved. You must believe in your heart and obey God. In order to truly love God, you must obey Him.

Are you allowing sin to reign in your life?

Or are you daily crucifying that sin and living for God?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that God will empower you to turn from all sin; that God will break the habits of sin in your life; and that you will truly live for God each day of the week.