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To Whom Much Is Given…

By pastorbillwalden

Luke 12:48 “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more”.

I have been given much.  I am not rich by American standards, but by the standards of humanity, I live in luxury.

I have been educated by great Bible teachers for nearly 30 years, via books, Christian radio, and conferences.

I have multiple Bibles, and scores of Bible commentaries, along with expensive Bible software for my computer.

My clothes don’t wear out. They go out of style, and I have to give them away.

I live in a country where it is still legal to speak of Jesus in public.

I have health care coverage, and I never go hungry.

I have never been hit or kicked because of my faith in Christ. No one that I know has been assaulted for their faith in Jesus. No one that I know has had their property confiscated, or been put into prison.

I am no Bible scholar, but I am probably better educated than most Third World pastors and church leaders.

I probably waste more money in a month than some people earn in a month.

I have been given much, and so have you.

Do I need it all? I need to pray.
What do I do with it all? I need to pray.
What do I do with my knowledge, and how do I use it? I need to pray.
Where is my treasure? I need to pray.
Should I change my lifestyle? I need to pray.
Should I feel convicted for what I have, or just thankful? I need to pray.

Is my “comfort level” an intended blessing from God, or a self indulgent result of my efforts?
I need to pray.

According to the Voice Of The Martyrs, 500 Christians die daily at the hands of those who hate Christ and His church. Thousands more suffer from persecution, illegal activities against them, confiscation of property, etc.

How does God want that to affect me?
What should I think, feel, do?
I need to pray.

I do know this: I have been given much.
I will stand face to face with Jesus, and give an accounting for my life.

His death paid for my sins, and I will be found not guilty before the Throne of God.
But will I (you) be found to have been a good and faithful servant?

We need to pray, for to whom much has been given, much is required.

8 Responses so far

GOODMORNING BILL….AMEN TO THE ABOVE…WAS GREAT TO WAKE UP AND READ THIS REMINDER…YOU AND I HAVE BEEN GIVEN SO MUCH..
OUR “FAMILY LOVE – OUR PARENTS,” ALONG WITH SO SO MUCH MORE…I CONTINUE TO PRAY AND SERVE GOD AND FAMILY…LOVE TO YOU AND DEBBIE AND YOUR GROWING FAMILY..HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON…YOUR SO CAL FAMILY!! DAD & MOM SEND THEIR LOVE TOO ! HAVE A BLESSED FAMILY…ROZANNE

Thank you for putting into words, so fully, that “thing” that nags at me so often – and its answer. The hard part is to pray with the willingness to act on whatever might be the response.

I would also add that among our greatest riches are the hard things we have borne – handed over to Him, they can bear much fruit.

Very searching words, with much truth in them. Thank you for the sober reminder.

Amen and amen. May we all hear this Biblical truth and have the faith to act on the Holy Spirit’s direction in regards to it.

Hi, Bill – searching post. Please write another one when you receive greater resolution and clarification.

Thanks for your comments everyone.
Rozeanne…my cuz…………blessings.

Tim,
I am moved by the thought of how radical things could be if I more fully gave myself to Christ, but at the same time, there is fear.

We imagine ourselves being more surrendered to Jesus….the things we could envision Him asking for, etc.

But our God is a consuming fire, not a flicker.

There is much more regarding His Lordship over our lives than I think many of us consider, and yet by His grace, He urges us forward to our own cross.

Blessings all…

Hello Pastor Bill;
Thanks for helping us to keep our proper focus upon Jesus – knowing that we belong to Him and all we have is His helps us to see our life from God’s perspective –

We are in a constant battle to bring our thoughts and choices under His Lordship everyday – and when we do, there’s such great peace and fellowship with Him that strengthens our committment to follow hard after Him.

Blessings to you and the team headed to Mexico to do some more construction on the missions base this month and for the Annual Leadership Conference in October on the new property – Lord Willing!

We are so blessed!!! This is by God’s design and for His glory – but may we see our greatest blessing as being able to fellowship with Jesus – to know Him and make Him known!

May we see the opportunities our Lord gives us each and every day as we shine for Jesus –

May we reach more and more with the hope of the Gospel’s message – Jesus!

May we be constantly reminded that this is not our home – “No, no, no – no it’s not – this world is not our home!”

May we not get comfortable here in the ways of this world’s system and in the luxury of all the material blessings God’s lavished upon us, but use what we have as tools to further His Kingdom for Gods’ purposes – for It’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus – We always need to be reminded to ‘Keep a light touch on the things of this world, as this world is NOT OUR HOME!”

- But may we give our all to Jesus and know with great confidence and assurance that He’s our Strength, our Provider, He’s God, Creator, Lord, and the Greatest Friend anyone could ever know, with the most awesome and deepest respect that He even thinks of us at all!

Not only this, but that He gave His very own Son for us – this more than can be imagined for how Good He Is!

May we always sit at His feet and be still before Him – for His power and His glory are all encompassing and worthy of praise!

“Thank You, Heavenly Father, that You are mindful of us and that You’ve made a way for us to come to You, first for Salvation, then for fellowship, strength, purpose and grace – I love You for Who You are and all You’ve done!”

AS I sit at my dining room table writing to you from my lap top in my own home after waking up from a good night’s rest in my own bed to groceries I needed to put away in my SECOND refrigerator (as the inside one is so full), listening to my sons jam on their electric and bass guitars with “Car Talk” streaming on my internet radio station!!! I realize I am very spoiled, but I wonder, WHY ME?!!
This message was so fitting.
I will pray now.

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