9.17.2012

Much Is Required - Monday Reflections

"And that slave 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 things deserving of blows will be beaten lightly. Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more." - Luke 12:47-48 (italics mine)

I have a lot of stuff. Too much at times.

I sat down a couple weeks ago and was looking around my room. After several moments I asked God why He gave me all this stuff. Why was I the one He chose to live in a nice house, with a great family, go to a great church where I don't have to worry about being killed by people who don't love Jesus, and having more clothes than I can actually wear. After a few minutes I looked at a picture hanging on my door of a beautiful African child who was dirty and wearing clothes that were merely threads. God spoke,

"That's why."

Much is required of us Christians in America (and around the world), but specifically speaking to Americans, God has blessed us with material wealth. We wonder why we have so much excess and God is telling us it's so we can give to the poor and provide for His children.

It's not just giving material stuff either.

It's giving a child clothes he's never had and sharing Love with him that he's never known.

It's helping the elderly with their house chores and giving a listening ear to them while you're there.

It's serving in your church with gladness and no complaints because you genuinely care for and love the people you're serving.

Much is required of you, dear Christian. But it's not just your material wealth, it's also your time, your love, your heart, your body, everything you have. Nothing leftover. All used by the Father and for the Father.

What has God given you excess of that you've been keeping all for yourself? Maybe God is asking you to give it away in the name of Christ for the sake of another? That's pleasing to our Lord.
Happy Monday!

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