Another question I’ve been wrestling with in regards to this so called dichotomy between faith and responsibility is this:
Can you step out in faith in one area of your life and expect God to bless it when you are NOT being responsible in other areas?
I’m not so sure that God will bless one area of bold faith when you have other areas of your life or business that aren’t measuring up to His standard.
Let me explain.
Some people in the church continually ask God to bless their finances or their marriage, when they are continually living in sin. They might be addicted to alcohol, having an affair or engaging in online-pornography. Yet they still want God to bless their finances or be with them as they begin a new business. I’m not so sure that our obedience in one area compensates for our disobedience in another. In fact, I’m pretty sure it wont!!
When you look at Luke 16:10-11 from this vantage point it would seem that faith and responsibility work together.
“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. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
This is challenging to me as a church leader who wants to take bold steps of faith to reach people with the Gospel. It causes me to pause and make sure that in every area we are being RESPONSIBLE with what God has given us before we ask him to bless our steps of faith. If we can’t be trusted to be responsible with what God has given to us, how can we expect him to bless us with more?
For you this might mean?
…you need to balance your checkbook and get your finances in order before you take a new job that moves your family.
…you need to confess a sin in your life that may be indirectly affecting God working in your marriage.
…you need to deal with a relationship matter before you begin a new ministry venture.
Before you take your next step of faith, look to see if you are being responsible with what you currently manage.