Faithful in little or much


Luke 16:10 (ESV): 10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.


Jesus was making conclusions here to a parable he told that might shock us. Jesus told of a dishonest manager who was found out by his master. The master demanded an accounting for the manager before he left his employment.

The dishonest manager then went to different debtors of his master and reduced their bills. One might think the master would be angry at being swindled out of his money.

But Jesus said the master commended the manager for his shrewdness. The master realized the manager was making friends who would take care of him after he left his employment.

Jesus then told his disciples to use earthly wealth to make friends in eternity. In other words, use your earthly possessions in such a way that God will be pleased. By doing so, our future will eternally be secure.


The highlighted text does apply to the dishonest manager. If he could not be faithful in a little, you could not trust him with much.

But the real point of Jesus’ statement is that we should be faithful in our stewardship of the few possessions God has given us during this life if we want God to trust us with eternal treasures.


Heavenly Father, help me to be faithful to use what you have entrusted to me for your glory and for good. May I honor you as a faithful servant. Amen.

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