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Luke 16:1-13

Taking Care of Business

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Luke 16:1-13
Taking Care of Business

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

A toothbrush is something we use two or three times every day. Why do you think your parents are so concerned that you take care of your teeth? They want to make sure you don’t get cavities or have a toothache. They want you to be able to chew your food properly and continue to have a beautiful smile. Being conscientious about brushing your teeth every day can prevent dental problems from occurring later.

Can you think of other things that need to be maintained on a regular schedule so problems won’t develop later? How about the family car? Have you gone with your mom or dad to get the oil changed or the tires checked? Having the car serviced regularly helps to keep it running smoothly and makes it safer to drive.

Home maintenance is also important. If you live in a cold climate, outside pipes and faucets need to be protected so they won’t burst when temperatures drop. It is a simple task that will save the home from being damaged by water.

All of the things we have talked about have to do with being faithful – taking care of little things that need attention to avoid problems later.

When Jesus was on earth he talked to his disciples and one of the things he told them was, “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much” (16:10).

The tasks we have talked about are very small tasks. It only takes a couple of minutes to brush your teeth, but if you are faithful, remembering to brush every day, you will have a good result – healthy teeth.

Each day we have the opportunity to make many decisions to be faithful. We can choose to be honest, loving, trustworthy and helpful to others. And, we must decide to be conscientious or careless about those decisions. Choosing to be conscientious – to be honest, loving, trustworthy and helpful in every small decision we make will prevent many problems from occurring later. We will develop into the sort of person who is able to handle larger challenges and be “faithful also in much.”

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2011, Richard Niell Donovan