Faithful in All Things
"No! For unless you are honest in small matters, you won't be in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people's money, why should you be entrusted with money of your own?
" For neither you nor anyone else can serve two masters. You will hate one and show loyalty to the other, or else the other way around - you will be enthusiastic about one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Luke 16:10-13 (TLB)
Better to be poor and honest than rich and a cheater. Proverbs 28:6 (TLB)
Jordan Zuniga, from California, is currently homeless, and his situation has taught him how much faithfulness and character matter. For instance, he once purchased a coffee and drove away before noticing on his phone that the debit card transaction never went through. When he went back to the coffee shop to explain the situation, he no longer had money on his card. But Jordan promised to pay them after earning some money by trading in recycling. The owner insisted there was no need, but Jordan was determined to pay what he owed, even if this meant skipping a meal.
When we are faithful with the little we have, we demonstrate to God that we can be trusted because we put our faith into action. We show the world that it is better to have an honest character than to be dishonest, whether we live in poverty or possess riches. Not only do we glorify God with our faithfulness, but we share God's love with those we encounter.
God has shown Jordan the importance of being faithful despite poverty and desperation. With Jesus, we can be honest in all things.
Prayer: Abba, we thank you for your loving discipline. Teach us to be honest in all things so that we can live accordance with your word, in Jesus' name. Amen.