KEY SCRIPTURE: LUKE 16:10-12
He who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little thing is also dishonest in much. Therefore, if you have not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that [earthly wealth] which belongs to another [whether God or man, and of which you are a trustee], who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:10-12 [AMP]
Honesty and strong moral principles (which summarizes “integrity”) should not just be an expectation in the life of a believer but a virtue we daily exemplify as worthy ambassadors of the kingdom. Unfortunately, like in most people of the world, financial integrity now mostly exists in its shadows amongst many Christians.
In today’s key scripture, our Lord Jesus Christ instructs His children to be faithful in their dealings with money and material possessions. Are you faithful in tithing? How faithful are you in the management of another person’s property under your care? How truthfully do you relate with your spouse concerning the family finance? How accurate is the financial report you submit to your employer for money disbursed to undertake a given task? As an employer, do you short-change or deliberately delay payment of the earnings of your employees all in the bid to amass more wealth? As a businessman, do you use unjust weights? God abhors these! A false balance and dishonest business practices are extremely offensive to the LORD, but an accurate scale is His delight. Proverbs 11:1[AMP].
It is our faithfulness in the little responsibilities God has placed under our charge that qualifies us for greater responsibilities and glory. God sees beyond appearances. You should first ensure honesty (where no one sees you) before you can demonstrate same on the outside (where everybody sees you). The New Living Translation puts verse 11 of Luke 16, thus: “And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”. A heavenly-minded Christian exhibits a character trait of financial integrity in his dealings with fellow men and God, otherwise, his journey to heaven cannot be guaranteed.
Integrity is a virtue everyone is looking for in someone to hire, do business with or entrust with the management of their affairs. All said and done, are you a man of financial integrity? Ponder!
Take stock of how you have been unfaithful and dishonest in financial matters/material possessions. Ask God for mercy and make the required restitution where possible and ask for grace to become a faithful financial steward.
Thank God for the virtues divinely imputed into you when you received the Holy Spirit
Ask the Lord to give you grace to endure and follow through with the processes that He would use to refine your character into Christlikeness so that your life and character will be pleasing to Him and draw men to Him.