Eternally Shrewd Part 2 – Luke 16:10

By Tammy Burke

What does it mean to be faithful to Jesus?

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10 ESV

I memorized this verse or made a mental note of this verse without considering its context. When I look at what Jesus said right before this and right after it, my eyes are opened a bit more.

He’s been talking about a dishonest steward. The guy was clearly dishonest. In the ESV and many translations, it uses the word dishonest. In the New American Standard strain of translations, it uses the word unrighteous. The guy was misusing the master’s resources.

But as we’ll see in the next verse, I believe Jesus is challenging us to use the wealth we’ve been given in this life to make an eternal difference. If we hold it for ourselves or if we fail to do with it what the master wanted, then we’ve become dishonest, unrighteous. Jesus isn’t telling us to steal. He’s telling us to do what our master wants us to do with what we have.

That’s why I think it’s helpful that the ESV contrasts the words faithful and dishonest. Are we doing what God wants us to do with his riches?

So what will you do today? Why not give something away. Ask God what he would have you do with the things he has given you. Then you’ll get to watch him work. Please join us in our online community and share any ideas. Head over to and create a free profile.

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