“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” – Luke 16:10-11
This parable expresses a great biblical truth that no one really wants to hear. Before God will ever trust you with the most precious gifts in His kingdom, you must first prove yourself faithful in the simple things of this one. This parable uses two things to relay this, the first is money, and the second is stewardship.
Money is an easy one, simply stated, if we are faithful with the little that He gives us, to use it wisely, unwastefully, and charitably then He will trust to give us more that we might use the more for His Glory also. This principal is echoed in the promises of tithes and offerings given in Malachi chapter 2.
However, this goes way deeper then just money. The second element in this parable is that of “stewardship” and that is quite encompassing. When we look up the word translated to “steward” in the original Greek, we find it to have a very interesting and profound meaning. The word is “oikonómos” in the Greek, and it means “manager“, it also means “pastor“. This is derived from the fact that the word “pastor” actually came from the Old Testament word “pasturer“, or someone who managed a flock in a particular pasture for it’s true Shepherd. Therefor, since Christ is the true Shepherd, pastor’s (or pasturers) are merely managers under Him, over His flocks of which they have been given stewardship in their perspective pastures.
Yet the definition goes even deeper still. The word oikonómos encompasses within it the understanding that this person was once a slave, who had been freed, and given this position of authority to whom the Master entrusted the managing of the affairs of His house. Therefor is it a perfect picture of the minister of the Gospel!
I see the greatest downfall of many ministers is their refusal to be faithful stewards over the little, that they might prove to God that He can trust them with the more precious gifts of His kingdom. So often I see men and women called, they answer the call, then the Master gives them stewardship over the little and watches. Yet soon they begin to set their eyes on their neighbors pasture or vineyard and a seed of envy takes root and they want more then what they have been entrusted with. So they ask the master for more and He says, “no“, still waiting for them to prove themselves faithful in the little. So then the Spirit of Jezebel comes and says, “you want your neighbors vineyard? I’ll get it for you“. So they give place to this evil counterfeit to work in their stead and seal or unauthorized decisions with the Kings ring. Taking matters into her own hands she makes it happen and makes it look like it was a decree from the king, but it wasn’t and it only brought death and left this desiring envious steward with blood on his hands.
Oh if more men and women called and positioned of God would just be faithful in the little, then God would in time make them ruler over more and intrust them with the real gifts of the Kingdom that break the yokes and bring life! Of all the great and powerful men and women of Faith who have truly walked in the yoke breaking power of the anointing of God backed up by the life giving authority of deliverance, the power of healing, and the validation of the gospel through signs, wonders, and miracles, every single one had small beginings. They chose the lowest seat, humbled themselves before the mighty hand of God, and made themselves an obedient servant being faithful in the little things so that God saw that He could trust them with the real treasures of heaven. Therefor, being tested, tried, and purified in the fires of humility, did He exalt them in due time.
“And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all..” – Mark 9:35
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – 1 Peter 5:6
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” – Zechariah 4:9-10
“Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” – Job 8:7