December 23, 2016
In The Game
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. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
I entered my first baseball game for the Little League Phillips 66er's as a pinch-runner. That was back in the day when everyone didn't play, when we kept score, when the winners went to Severe's Drive-In for malts and the losers lined up for nickel cokes that were about two swallows big. Those were the days when only the tournament champions received trophies and got hamburgers from Severe's. The runner-ups got those nickel cokes.
Anyway...back to my story. I entered as a pinch-runner and got thrown out going to third. Actually, I think the third baseman was holding the ball when I left second. My debut was a flop. So I sat on the bench. Then I got to pinch-hit and struck out on three pitches without taking a swing. So I sat on the bench. Then, finally, I got to play in the field. Then I got to play the whole game. Then I got a hit! Here's my point: My coach trusted me with a little until he knew I could handle it. Then a little more and a little more until I was playing every game.
Jesus does the same with us. Our Teacher gives us a little. Then he gives us more when he deems us ready. He knows if we can't handle a little, we won't be able to handle a lot. But when we learn to run the bases, then he lets us take an at bat.
Many people have trouble with this teaching concept. They want it all now. A little bit is too demeaning for them. If they can't play the whole game on the first day out and every day thereafter, they don't want to play at all.
Jesus says that one very practical part of the game is how we handle our money. If we have trouble honoring God with our wealth, then he will sit us on the bench when it comes to spiritual riches. If you can't handle "worldly wealth" how can you handle "true riches?"
Lord, may I be faithful with what you give me today so I can receive what you have for me tomorrow. In Jesus' name. Amen.