The chapter starts with the story of the shrewd manager. I have never grasped the story and was hoping for fresh insight today. Nope. But What Jesus says after the story hits me pretty hard.
“9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
On our way back from Spokane, a 2 hour trip where my lovely wife and navigator usually sleeps, I had some time to think. I thought a lot about how to adjust to less income and found myself getting very fretful. Then I realized that I haven’t been trusting God for our income, I’ve been trusting God’s agent, my employer. God doesn’t change when our circumstances change. He is still designer, creator, sustainer and savior of all that we know, of all that exists. His promises to provide for us his children have not been broken or rescinded.
It’s funny how money or the lack thereof can reveal so much about our hearts. I don’t like what I see about myself.
Father God forgive me. Cleanse my heart. I want to serve you so that means that money cannot also be my master. Let me see your plan for our lives as we enter what feels to be a season of change. I trust you Lord. Don’t let me fail you.
I want to be trusted and trustworthy, not just with money, but with the message and with people. I want to be trusted by God to share his love and his story faithfully investing in lives and families.
May I be found to be a faithful and a faith filled servant of God.