FAITHFULNESS in FINANCIAL MATTERS
“He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous (ἄδικος) in a very little is unrighteous also in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true (riches)? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Lk 16: 10-13)
I am called to be “faithful” and God-focused in all areas of life, including the unrighteous “mammon” (a Semitic word meaning money or riches). So, wherever or however it is that I earn money, I am called to do so responsibly, and to serve Him also in “very little” ways, like using my head in business-matters. After all, however little or much money I happen to have, it is “another’s”; it is given to me by God, like everything else, that I might learn to be a prudent “steward” of it to His greater glory. Note that the above-quoted passage comes right after the parable about the “shrewd” or “prudent” steward, who does not become a victim of a tough financial situation but acts in a way that benefits both himself and his debtors, in Lk 16: 1-9.
So let me be faithful today, as best I can, also in the “very little” ways I can be at my daily job. Let me embrace response-ability, as my God-given “ability to respond” to His call, i.e., my vocation. And as I focus on my Primary Employer, I also replace any self-centered fear with faith, as I confront financial matters and insecurities, one step at a time. Our Father, I pray this morning, “Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Amen!