Reading: Luke 16: 10-13
Trust is the key word in this passage. Jesus begins by transitioning from talking about the shrewd manager to talking to the general audience, which now includes us. In essence, Jesus is saying that if we prove trustworthy with the little things, then eventually we will be trusted with bigger things. If we are trustworthy with another’s resources, then one day we will be trusted with resources of our own. Jesus also ties this into our relationship with God. He reminds us that if we cannot be trusted with earthly resources, then how would God ever trust us with heavenly riches?
To temper and reframe all this talk about wealth, Jesus shifts gears in verse thirteen. He ties what we are trusted with into who we serve. Jesus plainly states that we cannot serve two masters. There is still the implication that the people of the world pursue only wealth, that wealth is their god. At the end of the verse, Jesus clearly draws the line: “You cannot serve both God and money”. Put another way, in a way that ties back into verses 10-12, you cannot trust both God and money. But oh how we try!
Our trust must rest fully in God. Too often we say we trust in God, but we act like we trust our money and other resources. We allow our trust to waver and we rationalize our choices and priorities in life. We cannot trust God in some areas and we can in others. We compartmentalize.
Our trust must be fully and completely in God. This means continually saying, “Your way” instead of “my way”. It means giving without limit to the things God has placed upon our hearts. It means allowing God to be in control. It is terribly difficult to give up one’s will fully to God’s will. Yet this day, may we begin. As it is written, “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much”.