Little Leads to More
Creator God, open my eyes and ears to Your truth. Enable me to walk the path ahead of me in the light of Your wisdom.
Read Luke 16:1–18
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (Luke 16:10).
This parable has caused much concern because it seems to suggest that Jesus endorses dishonesty. The key to understanding it is the whole flow of what the kingdom of God looks like throughout Luke’s gospel, as well as the explanation given by Jesus in verses 10–12.
At the heart of the parable is the dubious behavior of the rich man (who was probably charging interest—that’s the part of the bill the manager knocks off) and the manager, who is accused of wasting the master’s possessions. The manager has been entrusted with significant resources, but his lack of care and professionalism might cost him promotion and advancement. This is what Jesus is driving at when he concludes, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (10).
The first level of application is to Israel. In the days of Jesus, she is God’s manager. Israel has been entrusted with taking care of his affairs and ensuring that the Master is well-represented to his world, but she is in danger of being fired because of mismanagement. Unless Israel is prepared to look at the books, realign with the kingdom of God as presented by Jesus, address her shortcomings before God and make some changes, then she may suffer an unthinkable loss.
The second level of application comes to each of us in the management of that which God has placed in our hands, whatever that is. There is the deposit of faith, which is both privilege and responsibility, and there may also be gifts, material possessions and opportunities that have been given to us to manage for his glory, representing him to his world. If we can handle what we have, we may be given more.
What opportunities has God given you? How would you rate your management of these opportunities? What possibilities do you see of more opportunities?
Lord, I pray for wisdom to manage well the gifts and opportunities You have given me.
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