At the time I took this as a sideways chid for letting our room get so messy (which was true), but I was also a rebuke for not being faithful in what I had been given. I was reminded of the parable that was taught in Luke, which (using some quick searching) I found in Luke 16, wherein this well-known passage resides:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, [. . .] And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?"I wasn't being faithful in what the Lord had given me through my dad. On this earth I have about 150 square feet that I'm in charge of, and I wasn't treating it with respect. To a degree, I had been viewing it as 'my room' and since I apparently didn't mind 'my room' getting a little messy, it was ok. But it isn't 'my room' it's my Father's room (both earthy and heavenly). I am simply it's steward, and a poor one at that.
Luke 16:10, 12
When the time comes for me to move out (probably when I get married), Do I want my father to say "finally, now we'll be able to keep that room of yours clean!" Or do I want to hear him joyfully echo the master in another one of Jesus' parables:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over muchEverything we own on this earth isn't truly ours. As the Psalmist has said:
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,It's all His property, we are merely His stewards. Let us all use the blessings that He has given us for His glory.
the world and those who dwell therein.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get off my paltry soap box and get back to vacuuming.