We’re all so absorbed in the struggle to survive, caught up in the here and now, that we don’t always pay attention to how God is describing our future life in heaven. Heaven won’t be eight bazillion years of vacation. Work, growth, and significant service will continue, and our earthly life right now is only “spring training.”

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (Luke 16:10-12).

Jesus sees as a real spiritual sickness our tendency to hoard and spend for our own comforts and pleasures in the short term. We’re in training right now—think of it as an internship. The Lord is always preparing you for bigger things.

That’s why it is so important to cultivate integrity. Integrity means that you’re all of one piece; that your principles are not for sale; that you treat high and low alike; that your word is good; that you are honest in public and in private, in big things and in little things; and that you don’t show favoritism.

Every successful business depends on leadership development. Isn’t it interesting that God also is intensely interested in leadership development? How are you coming along?

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.


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