Skip to content
Need some Easter Sermon inspiration? Check out our Easter Sermon Collection Learn more
Go back


Trusted With Little, Trusted With Much

Trusted With Little, Trusted With Much

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10 (NIV)

How you spend your money says a lot about how much you can be trusted spiritually. That’s what Jesus tells us in the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. Jesus says in Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with very much.” This is the Principle of Trust, the third financial principle from this often misunderstood parable.

God will give us more and more trust based on how we use what God has put into our lives. Luke 16:11 says, “If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?” That’s God’s basic way of looking at this. Your checkbook is a barometer of your heart.

One biographer of the Duke of Wellington diligently went through a lot of research, reports, and stories about the Duke’s life. But in the end he wrote, “I finally found an old ledger account of how the Duke spent his money. It was a far better clue to what he really thought was important than the reading of all of his letters or speeches.” The same is true for us.

God wants to see how trustworthy you are before he invests more in you. Put yourself in God’s place looking at you. If you were God looking from heaven, watching the way that you manage what he’s given you, would you consider yourself worthy of a greater investment? God wants to invest more in our lives. He wants to use us in an incredible way. But first he wants to see how we manage what we have.

This doesn’t mean that God only uses people who give a lot of money. Remember, the offering that’s given the greatest honor in the Bible was only two mites, or two pennies. It’s a matter of the heart. How you manage your money is a test from God. He wants to see where our heart is.

That means you’ll reap what you sow in life. If you manage what you’ve been given, you’ll be given more responsibility. The Bible says, “Do not deceive yourself. No one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant” (Galatians 6:7)If you plant corn, you’ll get corn. If you invest what God gives you in his Kingdom, He’ll invest more in you.

If you don’t like what you’re getting out of your life, God’s question is this“What are you planting?”

Related Posts

Subscribe to Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox

Weekly Email for Pastors and Church Leaders

    We care about your data. Read our privacy policy.

    Pastor Rick Warren smiling