Faithful in What is Least
by Pastor Keith Hassell | June 23, 2011
Luke 16:10–13 (NKJV) "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
How can you know if someone is a faithful person? You can know by how faithful they are with the little things. If a person is faithful with five dollars, then they can be trusted with five hundred. If they cannot be trusted with five dollars, then only a fool would trust them with more! Jesus said that if a person is faithful in what is least, then they would also be faithful in much. On the other hand, if we are not faithful in what is least, then how can we expect that anyone would entrust us with more? The principle of faithfulness is a principle of the kingdom and determines how God will release His blessings in our lives. This principle applies in every area whether it be time, treasure, or talent. However, Jesus uses "unrighteous mammon", i.e. money and wealth, to illustrate this principle. Many people today are struggling financially. We are living in economic hard times. However, in general, American individuals, families, and businesses have not been faithful with the resources God has given. Our nation has squandered its prosperity and is headed toward bankruptcy except the Lord intervene. In addition, we have developed a culture of squanderers who demand more without accepting responsibility or accountability for wasteful and unwise spending habits. Why should we expect God to bless us with more when we have not been faithful with what He has already given us? On an individual level, we often wonder why God has not blessed us with more than what we have. However, if we are honest, we would likely have to admit that we are not faithful with the provision He has already given to us. In most cases, God has provided more than enough to meet our needs but the problem is that we have not been faithful to manage what He has given us. We prove ourselves to be unfaithful stewards by robbing God of the tithes and offerings and being wasteful in our spending. Then we cry out to God and other people for help when the bills are due. Is our financial mess God's fault? Can we accuse Him of being unfaithful to provide? Is it the responsibility of our Christian brothers and sisters to bail us out of our financial mess and tolerate our unwillingness to be a faithful stewards? No. It is our fault and it is our responsibility to repent so that we can become faithful once again. If we will commit ourselves to becoming faithful managers of what God has already given to us, then God will help us and can entrust us with more. Faithfulness is the Biblical way out of a financial mess and the way toward financial peace and blessing.