When you were a kid, or if you still are one, you may remember your parents telling you that if you want to be treated like an adult, you need to act like one. What they are really saying is that they need be able to trust you with the responsibility you’re asking for. And to earn that responsibility, you need to prove yourself. In much the same way, God wants to trust us. And for him to really trust us, we have to first prove ourselves trustworthy, even with the small things. And until we do, how can we expect him to trust us with real responsibility? Jesus puts it this way in Luke chapter 16 verses 10 through 12 which says:
"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. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?"
I’ve heard people say things like - if they had the money they’d help out someone they know who is in need, or that they’d give to a ministry that they are passionate about, or that they’d do something for the cause of Christ that they aren’t currently doing. If you’re one of those people, consider whether you really would. Many people in America live beyond their means. And even if God were to bless them with extra cash, they likely would spend it on themselves for something they want or need. So before you pray that God bless your numbers for a lottery ticket you just bought for the promise of using the money for kingdom purposes, consider what you are doing with what he has already given you. Have you been trustworthy with what you have today? If not, how can you expect God to trust you with even more?
“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”. Do you tithe regularly? Do you spend a portion of your money on others in need or for kingdom purposes? Have you been trustworthy with the little that God has provided you? Jesus tells us that we have to be trustworthy with the little that we have before we can be trusted with more. He is talking about worldly wealth, but he eludes to the idea that if we are trustworthy with the resources that he gives us here on earth then we have proven that we can be entrusted with true riches, likely riches in heaven. So I challenge you, be trustworthy with the little that God has given you right now. Be wise, be discerning, and be generous. God loves to see us treat others even better than we treat ourselves.