I Was Just Thinking About – LITTLE AND MUCH (Giving Or Receiving).
In this world, there is uncertainty and rivalry. Some people seem to lack scruples whereas others are observed as people of integrity. With some, there is increased avarice. With others, there is generosity. What is it that makes a difference in a person’s life that is determinative? Why do some display indifference, with little focus or caring about real needs, while others demonstrate involvement and sensitivity?
In His parable about the shrewd manager (Luke 16), Jesus makes this statement (Verses 10-12): “Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. If, then, you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with true riches? And if you have not been faithful with the belongings of another, who will give you belongings of your own?
Too often, we can look at ourselves and allow the thinking that we have little talent and not much ability to make a difference in another’s life. Jesus demonstrated that just a little can result in much for a person or persons. Remember the 5 loaves and 2 fish? The thoughts shared by Jesus recorded in Luke 16 is along the line of do what you can with what you have for as long as possible. Your smile or a word of reassurance may be all you have to offer but that may be the very thing that is needed for that moment.
I’m afraid that we are steadily devolving into a culture where we are becoming more and more self-absorbed and focused on self-gratification. Over the years, I have observed instances where someone who could have benefitted from assistance offered to them being among those who gave from their little to make a difference in the life of another. It is also easy to observe that some who are able to fend for themselves developing an attitude of wanting someone to give them something – anything. For such a lazy-oriented person, there are these words in Scripture (Second Thessalonians 3:10-12): “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
Throwing money or things (stuff) in the direction of some people is not always serving their best interests. Sometimes it has been done just to avid the presence or begging of a person for some form of subsistence. We should remember that a primary focus must be on the soul of an individual, not just contributing to their excesses.
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.