One of the characteristics of the Kingdom of God is that to whom much is given; much is required.
The Lord said: “Who then is the faithful and sensible manager his master will put in charge of his household servants to give them their allotted food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom the master finds doing his job when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and starts to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, that servant’s master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will and didn’t prepare himself or do it will be severely beaten. But the one who did not know and did what deserved punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected.
Pastor John’s Notes:
Here is a rather sobering word from our Lord. We are not only responsible for ourselves, but responsible for what happens to others. It is shocking to hear that we will be held accountable. This is not a popular message in today’s culture, but true nonetheless. When we understand this we become sober-minded and serious.
Lord, show me what my responsibilities are. Give me the gifts I need to fulfill them. When you return, let it be that you find me busy doing the work of your kingdom.