Heavenly Banking

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The red light flashed on and off in my mind.

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?” (Luke 16:10, 11)

The context is how we handle our worldly possessions and whether we possess them or they possess us. The bottom line is given to us in verses 13: “You cannot serve both God and money.

But what intrigued me this morning was that little phrase from verse 11: “...if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches.”

Call me stupid, but I never noticed before what this verse was eluding to. I always thought that Jesus was saying that if we handled a little bit of money well, He’d give us more. The context is money, after all. And money is something our minds turn to all too frequently because most of the time we don’t think we have enough of it.

But the keys words to the meaning of the verse are “worldly” and “true.” Another clue is found in verse 12 where Jesus refers to a person’s own property and property belonging to someone else.

While the context is about money, I believe it is about something else as well. That “something else” is wrapped in our definition of what “true riches” are. How does God define true riches? What is the “property” that He may, or may not, entrust to us? We think things, possessions, money. But are they “true riches.”

What does God entrust to us that are true riches?

His creation.
His church.
His word.
His message.
His reputation.
His glory.
His ministry of reconciliation.

And the list could go on.

I was waiting for more money while all the time God had already more than abundantly entrusted me with things that are far more important.

The steward in the parable cheated his master. My goal is to make sure that I don’t follow his example.


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