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.