With Great Power




In Luke Chapter 2, Jesus tells the parable of the faithful servant (also in Matthew chapter 24 and Mark 13). Luke 12:48 includes a section of words not recorded in the other gospels. Jesus says, “to everyone whom much is given, from Him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed of Him, they ask more.” What as Christians has been given to us? If you have a beautiful voice, God gave you that to worship and witness. If you are financially successful are you using that money to help the poor? God also gave us His word. We are to be faithful servants, watching and waiting. Jesus gave us the “keys to the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 16:19). We do not just say we believe and go on with our lives. Jesus has given us these gifts and the keys to the kingdom to worship, glorify, teach, and preach until the day when the trumpet of the Lord sounds and our Savior comes down on the clouds of Heaven. We are stewards or caretakers of these gifts that God gave us but mostly we are the stewards of the gift of His grace, “As each one of you has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold of God” (1Peter 4:10). “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness” Romans 12:6-8.

 

We have been given so much and have been given it all for free because Jesus paid for it with His blood. Now if we love our Master, we will be faithful servants and stewards and we will imitate Him and give freely to all as Jesus said, Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Jesus reiterates this point on using what has been given when He says, “to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask more.” As Christians we have made a commitment. We have received the spirit of God. Jesus told us that much will be asked of you who were given much and now He is saying that if we are truly committed, to Him then they will ask more.

The word “more” used here is the original Greek means super abundant or more abundant. If we commit our lives to God, or more accurately, if we deny ourselves and get out of our own way, then God will commit to us to do His will. More will be asked of us, to give up friends, family, money, time, maybe even our lives. But have no doubt that our Master will reward us, just as in the parable of the talents. God is looking for faithful servants. “His Lord said to him, well done my good and faithful servant; you who were faithful over few things I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:21). But do not squander the talent your Lord has given you. If you believe and do so, remember this, “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many straps” (Luke 12:47). “And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30)

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