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].
The outcome of a review of how you handle other people’s property or business may surprise you. When something doesn’t belong to you, you can know your level of faithfulness by how you deal with it. Before you get your own, there would be opportunities to manage what belongs to another person. This is where the test is and from our anchor scripture; it is a precondition for our promotion, owning and stewarding of our personal assets.
God promotes you based on how you treat people, and what belongs to them. For instance, if you want job security, treat that organisation as if it’s yours. If you want to be successful in running your own business, run that business that is not yours, as if it is your company. The test is always in what you do when it is not yours. What you do currently reflects what you will do with yours. It is going the extra mile when dealing with what is not yours that makes the extraordinary result we often celebrate as success.
God could trust David with the entire nation and people of Israel because of his faithfulness in protecting his father’s sheep when the bear and the lion came for them. Your attitude and disposition towards another man’s business will determine if God will ever give you yours. The Bible makes us understand that everything we receive is from heaven – John replied, “A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing at all] unless it has been granted to him from heaven [for there is no other source than the sovereign will of God]. John 3:27[AMP]. On this premise, when God puts you in a position of service to a superior or a master, He is also testing you to know your readiness to be independent or to be a master.
David could have placed his life above that of the sheep and escaped when the bear and the lion came after all no one was watching but rather he chose to stay and fight for the sheep on both occasions. As a result of this God could trust that He will shepherd his people.
Give your best to your master’s business or service. Don’t say it’s not your own. Go the extra mile. Jesus Christ was faithful as a Son in the Father’s house. He said the zeal for my Father’s house consumed me. If you do not have zeal for another person’s work, there will never be zeal for your own. If otherwise, then we are not being a true Christian but hypocritical in conduct.
Do you go late to work, close earlier than you are expected to, cut corners with clients and vendors? Remember that everything you do today with another man’s business is laying a foundation for your own eventually. Most importantly, we should work with the mindset that the service we render is as unto God – Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men. Col. 3:23[AMP].
Beginning today, pay attention to how you handle whatever anyone has entrusted to you. Return items in a better condition than it was given to you and rectify any pending unfaithfulness.
Lord give me the heart of a steward.