How is your integrity? How well do you care for what is in your possession? Do you spend your money appropriately? Do you realize that you have been put in charge of someone else’s property? Don’t think so?
In this world we are encouraged to go get all that we can. We see the advertisements that say we deserve it. We hear others around us that repeat that mantra. If we don’t have the next shiny thing, we feel as though we are less than the next person. We strive to be part of the “in” crowd and become rich. That reminds me of an old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”
You see, the issue with this is, when you spend your money on all those shiny things that you don’t really need, you end up still feeling like something is missing. The truth of the matter is, there is something missing, something that money can’t buy.
The bottom line is, all that we have belongs to God. Yes, our money, our clothes, our homes, our cars, our jewelry, our tools, everything. We are given them for a time as caretakers or, as the Bible states, stewards of what is Gods. He has entrusted us with some of His possessions for a period of time.
If we cannot adequately take care of the small things He has given us, how will we take care of bigger things? How can God trust us to take care of important things, if we don’t care of insignificant things? We don’t think much of leaving a light on when we know we won’t be back in a room for several minutes. Yet that is wasting the electricity, or money, that has been put in our possession.
Am I being a fanatic conservationist? No. I am simply pointing out something small that we can and should take care of. Think about how it works. If you save a couple pennies because you turn off a light this morning that you don’t need on for the next 30 minutes, that’s a couple pennies you wouldn’t have had. If you do that a handful of times per day, your electric bill is lowered by a few dollars for the month. If you add up those dollars across a year, it can add up to more than a hundred dollars.
Now, let’s apply that principle to everything else we have in our possession. How much driving around do you do? Do you plot the most efficient route to make your shopping runs? How well do you take care of your clothes? Do you fold them neatly and keep them clean so they last longer? How well are you caring for your home? Are you getting the message?
I pray we all decide to take care of the small things. I pray that as we do so, we see God putting bigger things in our lives to care for. I pray we all use what is put in our possession to bless others. Be a good steward. Take care of what God has given you. Be the one to bless another. You can do as Jesus instructed each of us.
Luke 16:10 “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.”