If you can’t handle $5, why should I give you $10?
I think the above statement most readily applies to government, but I know there are some folks out there who think that government does not have enough money . . . Politics aside, how often do we think, “Boy, if I would just win the lottery,” or “I wonder if I am in somebody’s will?” or, “if I could just find something around my house that would sell for five figures on Antique Roadshow, all my money troubles would be over!”
But will more money smooth your financial road? The truth is that one in three lottery winners will go broke withing five years and one of the most difficult challenges for professional athletes is the transition from being broke to great riches in just a few years. Purchasing a lottery ticket probably demonstrates poor financial decision making skills in and of itself.
As I walk through life, I observe that some of the wealthiest people pry money out of their wallets with great effort. They drive humble cars and live in houses that are comfortable but not extravagant. In contrast, many folks who have “flashy” riches often deal with major debt behind closed doors or their financial lives follow a cycle of boom and bust. When their income stream is full, they live high on the hog, never thinking that their income might change in the future.
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. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
If one cannot handle the few pennies that are in his possession right now, how can he be a good steward of quarters and dollars in the future? If you struggle with debt and overspending, more money will compound and multiply your struggles. However, in this passage, Christ is not just speaking of financial wealth, he is explaining that we have all been entrusted with assets in this life. We all have something that we bring to the table. And if we want more, if we desire greater responsibilities, his question to us will be: “What are you doing with the things that I have already given you?”
Article by Stew
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