The teaching of Jesus in Luke 16:1-13 is often overlooked. You could sum up these verses in two words: “faithful” and “dishonest.” The point of these verses is summarized in verse 10; ““One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
We have often been led to believe that the bigger the job, the more we can show our abilities and prove our worth to others. The opposite is true in God’s eyes. He is looking at how we handle the “very little” things in life. They may in fact be things that no one else sees except God.
This principle is further confirmed in Luke 19:17; “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’” Notice how God expands responsibility based on being “faithful in a very little.”
The opposite is also true. Anyone who is dishonest in small things will do the same in bigger responsibilities. John Hyde pointed to two conditions that are necessary for God to use us. “Obedience in everything, even in the least, surrendering up our wills and taking the will of God. The next step is purity. God wants pure vessels for His service, clean channels through which to pour forth His grace. He wants purity in the very center of the soul…purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit.” (Praying Hyde, page 47). What color are your “very little” things in life?
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