“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?”
– Luke 16:10-12
If you are asking God to give you something bigger and better than what you have right now, ask yourself this question, “am I showing God that I am a good steward of what I already have?”
There’s a story in the Bible, in Matthew chapter 25, about a wealthy man who takes a journey and leaves his wealth with his servants. Before this man leaves, he doesn’t just hand over his wealth to his servants any old way. The Bible tells us he took something very important into consideration before he gave them anything. “To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability.”
Matthew 25:15- It was the ability to handle what he would be given that determined what each servant received. The parable goes on to tell us that when the man returned from his journey, he asked each of the servants to give an account for what they had been entrusted with. The servants who had been good stewards of what they had been given were told by the master, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” The master called the servant who was not a good steward “wicked and lazy” and he took back what he gave him and gave it to the servant who was a good steward. Just like the master in the parable, God expects us to be a good steward over what He gives us, especially if we are asking Him to give us more.
Are you asking God for a better job? Be on time and do a good job at your current job and tithe on what you are currently earning. Are you asking God to bless you with your own place to live? Pick up after yourself and keep your room clean in your parents’ home. Are you asking God for a new car? Be sure to take good care of your parents’ car. Keep it clean and fill it with gas when you use it.
God wants to bless you with good things! If you have not been taking care of what you have already been given, ask God to help you to be more disciplined in taking care of what you have. By showing God we are faithful with the little things and with what belongs to others, we are showing Him that we can be trusted with more. Then, we’ll receive what we asked for and hear God say, “Well done good and faithful servant!”
Be salt and light,