Empire or Kingdom?

Empire or Kingdom?

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” – Luke‬ ‭16:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Ask most people, and they will tell you they would not mind having a little more. A little more money would ease the pressure. A little more time would relieve some stress. A little more authority would make things at work go smoother. A little more responsibility would prove my skills.

But Jesus says what you think you can do with what you have not yet been given is much less important than what you are doing with what you have now. There are really only two things we can do with our resources: build our empire, or build God’s Kingdom.

Everything we are given, ultimately, comes from God. That means we are stewards of our resources. And God only gives the resources with which He can trust us. He gives us resources to care for ourselves and our families. He gives us resources to enjoy. At the same time, He gives us resources because we are on a mission with Him to redeem the world. How we use our resources should reflect that.

If you want more, do not ask why things are not fair. Instead, ask, am I doing with my resources (time, money, authority, responsibility) what God wants me to do? Am I investing myself in such a way that the Kingdom is growing? Or, am I building my own empire?

Pastor Bryon

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