Luke 16:10 (NET) - The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
If there is one thing people would hunt for in human being today, it would be being faithful. Given the fact that divorces are rising and employees are hopping from one company to another, it simply means the world lacks of people who are being faithful.
What does it mean to be faithful then?
Holding On to One’s Words or Promises
Have you ever tried to hold on to someone’s word so tight that you know he or she will never break the promises made? You trust the person so much that deep in your heart, you just know he is going to fulfil the promises he made to you. For example, a six year-old kid would never doubt in his heart when the father says that he will come home for dinner after work. The little kid will cling on his words and use all his energy to wait for the father’s come back. If you look into the kid’s eyes, you will know he is so full of faith that his father will come back for dinner no matter what.
Of course, there are also cases when fathers break promises made to their kids. After a while, the promises will become less meaningful. Imagine the father does not come home after work while the kid is still waiting. The father may reach home later saying, “Sweetheart, I am sorry. Daddy had to work”. It may have work for the first few times and when this goes on for a few more times, the kid will lose faith in the father.
Being Loyal to Someone or A Body
If you are married, do you think you are loyal to your spouse? Some husbands may give all kinds of reasons on why they fail to be loyal husbands. They were drunk, they were losing interests in their wives, they were lonely and many more. Seriously, when did justification become the new standard for being a failed husband in our society today?
If you are working for a company, how loyal do you think you are to the company? Being loyal means more than just staying in the company in the long run. It also means whether or not you are having integrity when you are at work. Would you do anything that sabotages the reputation and value of your company? Would you cheat your customers and subordinates in order to get promoted to the top positions?
Of course, there is nothing wrong if you are changing your job for the better. However, if you compromise your integrity so that you can have a more comfortable life, it will not be worth it.
Now that you know what being faithful means to you. The next question is, how can you apply faithfulness in your life so that you, as a disciple of Christ will glorify God?
The bible says that, “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”. When it comes to even for the little things, how faithful can you be?
Some Christians think that they will only pay tithes when they earn enough money. They argue that God will understand the situations they are in as they hardly earn enough to meet the end needs. However, if we don’t set our priority right, then we will never be able to pay tithes. If we won’t pay $10 when we have $100, then what makes us think that we will pay $100 when we have $1,000? Not to mention when you earn, say $10,000 a month where you need to pay $1,000 for your tithe.
The same goes when we are working in the business world. When nobody is looking at you when you work, will you use the working hours to gossip with your fellow workers or work so that you can get things done?
Therefore, let us encourage and remind ourselves that we are ought to be faithful even in the little things that we do. When we buy the idea that we could only succeed by cheating and bringing others down, then we definitely have a very wrong idea.