'And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?'

( Luke 16:12)

Here is a great thought think about:

'At the end of the parable of the shrewd manager, Jesus asks a good question: 'who will give you a property of your own if you have not been trustworthy with the property of another person?'

Each one of us was given a purpose from God. Some of us got hold of it through a dream, a revelation, a prophecy or a message that came directly from God.

A very good example is found in the story of Joseph who received a dream from God predicting that he would become a leader above his siblings and parents (reference Genesis 37:1-11). When his siblings heard about his dreams, they got jealous and bitter towards him and decided to sell him to some Ishmaelites travelers. Later, Joseph was sold to a man named Potiphar.

While living in Potiphar's house, Joseph took care of his master's property. He was so faithful that he turned down the sexual advances of his master's wife. After being thrown in jail for false accusations, Joseph took care of the affairs of the prison wardens. While in prison, he took care of the dream interpretations of two former servants of Pharaoh.

Years later, one of the two former servants ,who got reinstated in Pharaoh's court, mentioned a good report about Joseph to the Pharaoh who needed a consultant in dream interpretation...and at the end of the story, Joseph gets promoted as Egypt's prime minister and he steps into the realization of his teenage dream.

The story of Joseph is found in Genesis 37,38-45.

What lesson can get from Luke 16:12 and the story of Joseph?

Joseph received an inheritance through a dream while he was a teenager. However, he took care of other people's properties before entering in the promise God made to him. If Joseph had been unfaithful in any of the stages he went through, then it would have been less likely that he would end up as Egypt's prime minister.

Many people have received promises of inheritance from God but they are stuck in one place with no prospect of progress because they do not want to take care of other people's properties when God asks them to do so. In many cases, before you access the property that God has in mind for you, He will ask you to take care of another person's property.

Once you show yourself trustworthy with other people's properties, you will step into your own.

When God wants you to take care of another person's property, it is because He wants to prepare or train you for what's yours. So that on the day you step into your inheritance, you will not act like an amateur.

What do you do when God tells you to serve under another minister?

How do you feel when God tells you to give away money to a specific person or a specific church? (because that money is clearly not supposed to stay with you, it belongs to another)

Do you know that the best entrepreneurs are the ones who worked for other people before owning their companies?

There are so many times where God wants us to manage other people's properties well before we step into our own inheritance.

Let us jump on opportunities to take care of other people's properties, and we will step into our own promised inheritance.