When you read the ... "For unto ... much is given, of him, much shall be ... Lu. 12:48, do you think of a pastor who walks and talks with God or a ... ... in knowled
When you read the scripture, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him, much shall be required," Lu. 12:48, do you think of a pastor who walks and talks with God or a professor, abounding in knowledge? Maybe, you think of a gospel singer, whose voice surely must be likened unto an angel, or a musician, whose hands touch the heart of God. Perhaps, someone, in prominent places, comes to mind; positions of prosperity, power, and such.
But, did you count those saved from near death, those whose homes have been restored, those who've received the miracle of healing, or those saved from financial ruin?
Did you count those with food on their table, a roof over their head, someone to love, and a pillow for their bed?
Did you count those born, in this day and time, in a country where we still have freedoms; to consider the privilege of education and worship, to work and provide for your own, to have privacy and ownership?
Did you count that Christ died for you, sent the Holy Spirit to be with you and in you, and gave His Holy Word that you could discover, for yourself, the truths to your rich inheritance?
If you can consider that you've been given much, then might this verse have also been written for you?
"And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes ... for unto whomsoever much is given, of him, much shall be required," Lu. 12:47-48.
Paying very special attention to Jesus' words, you may notice He didn't say God would beat you. Could it be that you would've done it to yourself?
Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the e-mail ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ and "Share a Smile" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.