September 23, 2013

Luke 16:10 “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.

 

Ever hear of the Peter Principle? It says that a person will generally keep getting promoted until they reach the level where they are no longer very good at their job. We rise to the level of our incompetence. This would explain a lot about why we encounter much of what we encounter in the workforce these days. Jesus seems to contradict the Peter Principle here as it pertains to the things of God. He says that if you can handle the little things in life faithfully then when the bigger stuff comes along you will meet it the same way. That’s because the Christian life is not a set of skills. If it were we would quickly Peter Principle our way to uselessness. Rather than skills, the Christian life is a set of attitudes from which one operates; attitudes of thankfulness and grace and forgiveness. The way we engage them in the everyday issues and encounters of life will determine how we engage the big challenges and temptations. That’s why there are no little sins. Everything either draws us to the grace of God in Jesus or becomes the opportunity to trust in something else, no matter how small the issue may appear in the world’s estimation. Jesus challenges us here to deal faithfully and honestly with the present situation. When we meet the grace of God in that we become people who can meet whatever may come. Where is God calling you to be faithful and honest this week?

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