“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." Luke 16:10 NIV
Leading up to this verse, Jesus tells the story of a man who has been lax in his managerial responsibilities. Upon hearing of this abuse from others, the employer calls him in to give an accounting before he is terminated. The man with no other job skills realizes the severity of his situation and decides to cut deals with the people who owed the employer, hoping to win their favor. Then, when put out on the streets, he would at least have shelter. Again the employer calls him in, and while not agreeing with the man's abuse and misrepresentation of position, he does commend the man for planning for his future.
What was Jesus' purpose in telling this parable? First, it is a cautionary tale of using what we have responsibly -- to be good stewards. Secondly is the need for us to look to the future, in this life but, more importantly, eternity; if we use what we have been given, our money, time, and talents in the here and now, we will be rewarded in heaven.
Elsewhere, Jesus told the story about some other managers (Luke 19:11-27). If you recall, one person buried what he was given, afraid to take risks. In his inaction, he was dishonest in not using the resources entrusted to him. What God gives us, he expects us to use for his glory. Although we may feel it is little, God will bless us with much.
Precious God, we give you thanks for all the resources you have so graciously given. Please help us not to squander these gifts in fear of scarcity but use them extravagantly in the promise of your abundance. Bless us, Father, as we commit our money, time, and talents for your glory. Use us so others may find freedom and redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.