THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011 "If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth." Lk 16:11 NLT We never really own anything, it's just a loan. It was God's property before we arrived, and He'll lend it to somebody else after we're gone. Our selfish culture says, "If I don't own it, why should I take care of it?" Those who understand God's will live by a higher standard. They say, "Because God owns it, I'll take even better care of it!" In God's kingdom, "Those who are trusted with something valuable must show they are worthy of that trust" (1Co 4:2 NCV). To illustrate this, Jesus told the story of a businessman who entrusted his wealth to his servants while he was away. When he returned he evaluated and rewarded them accordingly: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" (Mt 25:21 NIV). When you make the most of what God has given to you He promises three rewards. First, you'll be given commendation: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" Next, you'll receive promotion: "I will put you in charge of many things." Finally, you'll be honored with a celebration: "Come and share your master's happiness." For many of us, money is the greatest test of all. Jesus addresses this: "If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?" (Lk 16:11 NLT). There's a direct correlation between how you use your money, and the quality of your life. So the question is: could the way you're handling your money be preventing God from blessing you with more?
Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 6:14 AM CDT