LUKE 16:9-12 (NIV) LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE
9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
16:9 - WE ARE TO MAKE WISE USE OF THE FINANCIAL OPPTUNITIES WE HAVE, NOT TO EARN HEAVEN, BUT SO THAT HEAVEN ("ETERNAL DWELLING") WILL BE A WELCOME EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WE HELP. IF WE USE OUR MONEY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED OR TO HELP OTHERS FIND CHRIST, OUR EARTHLY INVESTMENT WILL BRING ETERNAL BENEFIT. WHEN WE OBEY GOD'S WILL, THE UNSELFISH USE OF POSSESSIONS WILL FOLLOW....
16:10-12, OUR INTEGRITY OFTHEN MEETS ITS MATCH IN MONEY MATTERS. GOD CALLS US TO BE HONEST EVEN IN SMALL DETAILS WE COULD EASILY RATIONALIZE AWAY. HEAVEN'S ERICHES ARE FAR MORE VALUABLE THAN EARTHLY WEALTH. BUT IF WE ARE NOT TRUSTWORTHY WITH OUR MONEY HERE (NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE WE HAVE), WE WILL BE UNFIT TO HANDLE THE VAST RICHES OF GOD'S KINDGOM. DON'T LET YOUR INTEGRITY SLIP IN SMALL MATTERS, AND IT WILL NOT FAIL YOU IN CRUCIAL DECISIONS EITHER.