Trustworthy with a Little, Entrusted with a Lot

“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)

I really appreciate the words and wisdom of Randy Alcorn; he’s a straight shooter, isn’t afraid to tackle the difficult issues of faith head-on, and his messages are almost always get me thinking (and are sometimes quite convicting to boot). He blogged recently about the topic of “time and treasure,” and how we as followers of Jesus use those things in light of eternity.

In Luke 16:10, Jesus said:

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

Sometimes I come across devotional material like this and think, “Wow - that has to be a God thing, because this is the very thing he’s been putting on my heart.” I’m a husband and father of two young kids who also lives with chronic pain. In his blog “Trustworthy with a Little, Entrusted with a Lot,” Alcorn states that Jesus’ words in Luke 16:10 invalidate our many “if onlys.” As in, “If only I didn’t have 2 young kids I’d have more time for…” “If only I didn’t have chronic pain I could do…” “If only my wife and I had more money we could…”

I’ve lived with quite the collection of “if onlys” over the past 8 years, especially when it comes to the friends I love who don’t know Jesus. When Jesus found this one lost sheep 15 years ago, one thing was crystal-clear - I was to “go back to my family and friends and tell them about the great things God had done for me.” I’ve done that, especially in those early years, but as time has passed those connections have grown increasingly distant and I guess if I were honest I’d have to say I felt like a failure and just gave up. But anytime I stop to consider that one day my home will be heaven, and so many people I love won’t be there, my heart aches.

My job as a husband and father is undoubtedly the most important calling I have right now, but I don’t think it stops there either. There are so many ways to “let our lights shine” in the dark places of this fallen world. Here’s the sobering question Alcorn asks:

What opportunities are we currently missing because we’ve failed to use our money and our lives wisely in light of eternity?

Alcorn states that we are constantly being tested by the Lord in all the everyday “little” things - and what we do with those little things tells God an awful lot about what’s in our heart. Have I been faithful in those little things? in some ways I know the answer is “yes;” in other ways I know I’ve been leaning on the “if onlys” and just kind of coasting through life. We live in a world that is literally dying without Jesus; that means we all have important work to do with whatever gifts, talents, and treasures we’ve been given. Will we be faithful in all those little things?