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Who Will Trust You?

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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? Luke 16:11-12

An NBC news report said federal inspector general agents caught at least 60 federal workers cheating on time sheets or skipping out of work without permission since 2012, costing taxpayers more than one million dollars over a three-year period.

You’ve probably worked with people who took extended breaks, stole items from the company, or fudged reports to make themselves look better. Maybe you’ve even done it yourself. In Luke 16, Jesus addresses the ramifications, and they go far beyond an employee putting himself in jeopardy of termination. Jesus wants to know, “Who will trust you with true riches” if you can’t be trusted to faithfully perform worldly matters?

True riches are a reference to the Gospel, or as some commentators call it, “the riches of grace.” A dishonest person, Christian or not, will never be trusted.

“If we make Christ our own, and the promises our own, and heaven our own, we have that which we may truly call our own,” says Matthew Henry in his Commentary on the Whole Bible. But how can you expect God to trust you with these if you don’t serve Him with your worldly possessions, of which you are but a steward?
 
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