“Assess Yourself” – Write down what you spend every day/week/month. Can you do without what you've written down? If you can, this is where you can start reallocating or saving funds. If you can't-do without, ask yourself is this a need or a want?
Luke 16:10 (KJV) – “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Most people know that Tiger Woods’ father was his coach. From the time he was two years old, Tiger not only liked to play golf, but he exhibited extraordinary skill. His father Earl began to teach him the sport. As Tiger was growing up, Earl Woods continually made him play with people at a higher level than he was. When asked how he knew when to take his son to the next level, his father replied that it was only after he dominated the level on which he had currently been playing.
God wants us to handle achievements at the level we’re on before he will take us to a higher level. Some of us think we’re ready for the next level when we haven’t yet mastered the level we are on right now. God doesn’t usually make us a leader until we become a good follower. He doesn’t usually give us a lot of money until we have proven we can handle the little we have. He doesn’t usually send us to preach before crowds until we’ve been faithful to witness to our neighbor next door.
God, we’re too often like the child who insists he or she can handle “it” – a pet, cell phone, dating, a car – whatever “it” is. But as parents, we have not yet seen the sense of responsibility, the faithfulness in caring for other things, and the maturity we need to see in our child before granting that request. As our Father, we know that You also wait for us to be ready. You want to see that we are faithful in that which is least before You entrust us with much. Teach us to be faithful and to grow in the areas in which You want to take us to the next level. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr., Life Illustrated: Daily Thoughts for Your Daily Walk!