Luke 16:10-12 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. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?
Jesus is teaching on Faithfulness.
He compares and contrasts “ordinary” and “greatness” saying if you are half-hearted towards the ordinary things of life like, money and something that belongs to another person... then you will be half-hearted towards the great things in life – destiny; God’s kingdom or God’s vision for your life.
I’d rather have ten people who are faithful, rather than ten super-talented people who lack faithfulness. Because it doesn’t matter how gifted they are, you will never get the benefit of their gift because they will never be around to serve with it.
When it comes to character, “faithfulness” needs to be the main ingredient. It’s the foundation upon which Christian service is built.
Jesus reveals three priceless pearls in Luke 16…
1. The little things count – Vs 10
Very few people actually go on to do great things for God, because they have not learned the principle of being faithful in the little things. Some artists/performers like to wait until they are on the ‘big stage’ before they do their best work. However, it’s doing your best work on the little stage that gets you to your big stage. It’s the same in church life. It’s the faithful who show up with a weekly consistency that receive the favor of God and man and fulfill their purpose in Him.
2. Handling unspiritual things count – Vs 11
God looks at how faithful we are in the unspiritual things. If we can be trusted to handle unspiritual things, then God knows He can trust us with true riches! It is interesting that God also uses the analogy of money. In other words, God chooses people who know how to handle/use money and are not held captive by it.
3. Serving another person’s vision counts – Vs 12
I heard a leading man of God once say,
“You will get everything you want in life if you help another get what they want.”
When you put your ultimate goal aside and serve another person’s vision, that positions you to grow, to be corrected, counseled and to learn the 'stuff’ you need to learn to then fulfill your ultimate goal.
The simplicity of faithfulness is it does not require a bag of “skill sets”. All it needs is you. You just keep turning up. The talent, the skill and everything else will come in due time. God will see to that. Your role is to see to it that you keep turning up.