Trust with True Riches

Luke 16:10-14(NIV)

10 “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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

I learned years ago when my children were young that I should be giving them an allowance not for doing chores, but to be able to teach them on how to handle money.  They learn how to budget, what they will be spending it on, what to save for and how much to give for charity.  It’s a learning process and sometimes, I just need to back-off and if they decide to buy something that doesn’t make sense, then I let them learn from it. I can’t make all of their purchasing decisions for them as they will have to fend for themselves when they get older and work for a living.

God allows us to make mistakes when we make our decisions on how to handle the money that is in our possession.  There was a rough period where I was dishonest with much and it was fitting for God to take it away so that I can no longer manage it.  God is gracious and allows me to have a second or third chance to build that trust again with little so that God can trust me with true riches.

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