“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 NIV)
If you can be trusted with a little, you can be trusted with a lot. Trust is defined by Webster’s dictionary of 1828 as confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. We have this misconception that what we do in secret doesn’t matter, but in truth, it does. God is in our secret places with us. He knows what we choose to do with ethical dilemmas. He knows if we can be trusted with a little, or a lot. If God can trust you with a little, He’ll trust you with more.
If God can trust you with a little, He’ll trust you with more.
When my husband and I were first married, we made a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond. Among our purchases was a $3 item that somehow did not get rung up when we checked out. When we got to the car and I reviewed the receipt, I realized the mistake. I thought it seemed like a hassle to go back in over $3, but that is exactly what we did anyway. We went in and paid for the item. This is an example of being trusted with a little. If we can be trusted with a little, then we can be trusted with more.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback church is a man that has been trusted with more by God. One of the reasons I have followed him for years is because of his integrity. He planted the church 35 years ago with his wife. With an attendance of over 22,000 people, it is the 11th largest church in America. In addition to growing one of the largest churches, Rick is also a best selling author. His book, “Purpose Driven Life” is one of the best selling books of all time. As of 2019 it had sold 32 million copies and been translated into 85 different languages. But that isn’t why I follow Rick Warren.
I follow Rick Warren because his success hasn’t changed who he is. He still lives in the same small house him and his wife bought when they planted the church. He has repaid his entire salary back to the church when “Purpose Driven Life” became a bestseller. In addition, He and Kay, his wife, tithe over 90% of their income. They made a decision, early in their marriage to increase their tithe by 1% every year, and they have been faithful in that decision. And he drives a beat up old truck he’s had for years. He’s one of the most successful pastors in America because the Lord knew he could be trusted with much. If God can trust you with little, He can trust you with more.
Question of the Day:
How much can God trust you?
Further Reading: Joshua 7:16-9:2 NIV, Luke 16:1-18 NIV, Psalm 82:1-8 NIV, Proverbs 13:2-3 NIV