As Christians, sometimes we tend to be clamorous in some of our requests to God. But importunity is only good when whatever you ask Father is according to His will.
We should ask ourselves “Why should God give me something great when the little that He trusted me with has been badly managed? ”
In our text in Luke 16:10, Jesus says: “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.”
That little thing Father has given to us, are we faithful? Are you unemployed, have nothing to do and home all day, what do you do with all that time? Do you sleep all day or watch tv and series all day? This ought not to be so. With such ample time Father expects us to strengthen our relationship with Him. Have longer quiet time fellowships and seek His face more.
If you’re too busy for God when you’re jobless why would He give you a job where all your time and energy would be spent! If you’re not faithful when you’re unemployed you will never be faithful with a job.
Do you suffer from a certain sickness, disease or spiritual challenge? How do you handle it? Do you complain about it and report God to people for not answering your incessant prayers? We must realise, Father placed that challenge there for a reason! He is completely aware of your situation, He grieves for you and has planned a glorious end to that situation. He said in Jeremiah 29:11 that “I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you AN EXPECTED END. What is that expected end? It’s that every situation in your life is going to work out for good! (Romans 8:28). No matter how hopeless it all seems at the moment. At the end He will deliver you and you will glorify Him (Psalm 50:15). Be faithful in sickness, seek the face of God. Pray earnestly and cry out to him, that’s what he wants. He’s trying to use it as a means to draw you closer and totally reliant on Him. Remember, His strength is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The last thing Elyon wants to do is weaken your faith in Him with that challenge of yours. If He then sees that the challenge is having an adverse effect and pushing you away, it’s even possible He adds more misfortune until it’s too much to bear and you come back crying unto Him. That’s what God did with the Israelites. After years and years of warning from numerous prophets, whom they disobeyed, ridiculed and killed, God decided to really deal with their unfaithfulness. They ended up as slaves in Babylon for 70 horrific years as penance for their hard heartedness. The same thing happened with Pharaoh who received plague after plague but remained remarkably obstinate till his pride killed him.
Seek Gods face and be faithful even in hardship so as not to incur more hardship on yourself. It’s not enough to be faithful in little amounts of good things, be faithful also in hardship.
Do you crave spiritual gifts? Works of healing, miracles prophecy etc. How faithful are you with the ones you have? If you have the gift of speaking in tongues or words of knowledge but use it only to show yourself off to unbelievers as a righteous person, and not for the edification of the church, how will Father make you prophesy or perform miracles?
Some of us also treat the earth so badly. Everyday we read and hear about global warming and other earth depleting challenges but we don’t pay any attention because it doesn’t really affect our lives directly. If you’re unfaithful with the earth God has placed you in why would He take you to heaven? Father won’t want anyone who’s going to come and destroy His ethereal home for Him. Be faithful in the little things.
Lastly and extremely pertinent to this generation, we need to be faithful when it comes to our worldly wealth. Jesus said in Luke 16:9 that we should make friends with our money. The general worldly belief is “more money more problems/enemies”. This should not be so, God gave you everything you own – no matter how little – to help your family (1 Timothy 5:8), friends (Proverbs 3:28) and even strangers (Matthew 25:35). Remember, God won’t give anyone who mismanages his money/wealth the “true riches” i.e: spiritual gifts, heaven, in Christ Jesus (Luke 16:11).
With all that’s been said it is imperative to note also that some of our requests will never be answered by Father as long we we’re alive. This is the sad truth that no Christian wants to hear. But this is so we don’t become thoroughly satisfied with life and celebrate like the rich fool in Luke 12: 16-21. Solomon had everything he wanted in this world. He said in Ecclesiastes 2:10 that he never denied himself of anything he ever desired. Look where that lead him, the latter stage of his life seemed fairly forlorn by his full account in Ecclesiastes. Rick Warren wrote: “Genuine surrender says, “Father, if this problem, pain, sickness, or circumstance is needed to fulfill your purpose and glory in my life or in another’s, please don’t take it away””.
Let us therefore take time to study our prayer requests and check to see if we’ve been faithful in the little of that thing which we ask Father for everyday. May the Holy Spirit help us search our hearts and bring us to repentance so we can fully benefit from Elyon’s blessings, in Jesus name. Amen.
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