Luke 12:48 (NASB95)
48 …From everyone who has been given much, much will be required…
I have contemplated this did bit of scripture at different times in my life. The more we have the more responsibility we have to carry before God in stewarding it well. This will mean different things to different people as to its application. By that I mean, what the Lord has specifically increased you in. Blessings, no matter what form they come in have a responsibility which goes along with them.
Several years ago the Lord blessed us with ability to have a home out in the country. The house sits on a large lot with over two acres of yard to care for. We have always been grateful for the Lord’s provision because I am a “country boy” at heart and it gave me the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and all the rest. But the yard doesn’t mow itself…the shrubs don’t trim themselves…and the long driveway doesn’t repair itself. To whom much is given, much responsibility is given in its up keep. I am accountable to the home owners association to keep the house presentable!
This is a simple illustration but it speaks well to the work required to steward the things God has given us. We will ultimately be accountable to Him for how we handled His blessings…
What has God bountifully poured out upon you?
It may be simply “stuff”. Good stuff but none the less, “stuff”. Are you caring for those things in a wise and godly manner? As a father I have watched how my children handled “the stuff” I gave them through the years. Did they appreciate it? Did they take care of it? Were they responsible with it? What I saw in them according to the handling of the things I gave them determined how much more daddy was willing to give them.
It may be spiritual insight, wisdom, and knowledge from God Himself. Is it a spiritual gift or ministry? Are you stewarding these things well? Are you walking in the revelation you have? Are you sharing them with others? To whom much is given, much is required in this area as well. Why should Father God give us more if we will not “care for” and put into practice what He has already given? Why should God give us more of His presence if we don’t treasure and guard that portion He has already given to us?
To whom much is given, much is required. That’s not meant to be a curse at all. It’s the pathway to even greater things!