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In the Bible, there is an ongoing theme of demonstrating faithfulness in little things, with the assurance that such faithfulness will be rewarded with greater responsibilities and blessings. Jesus speaks of this in Luke 16:10: "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." This scripture implies that God assesses our reliability and commitment not based on grand and spectacular accomplishments, but on our daily, ordinary responsibilities. Whether it's our relationships, our occupations, or our talents, we are expected to handle them with integrity, diligence, and faithfulness. Then, we can look forward to God entrusting us with more.
The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 vividly illustrates this concept. In this parable, a man going on a journey entrusts his property to his servants according to their abilities. Upon his return, the servants who were faithful and productive with their talents were commended and given more, while the servant who did nothing with his talent was severely reprimanded. God expects us to use our God-given abilities, resources, and opportunities effectively and for His glory. As we do so, we prepare ourselves for more blessings and responsibilities.
In addition to material or tangible resources, the Bible also encourages us to be faithful with spiritual gifts and the truths we have been entrusted with. Paul writes to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:20, "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care." Similarly, we are stewards of the spiritual gifts God has given us, and we are called to use them faithfully in serving others and building up the church. Being faithful in such matters not only brings glory to God but also brings us into a deeper relationship with Him. As we prove faithful with what we have been given, we can expect God to entrust us with even more.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, June 19, 2023 @ 11:14 AM MDT
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