Luke 12:48…..48 “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given. NLT
That scripture can mean so many things. If God blesses us with more, he expects us to give back more. But it doesn’t mean just with money. He does expect us to give more money if He blesses us with more of it, but that’s not the most important meaning. Let’s look at the whole passage:
Luke 12:42-48…..42 And the Lord replied, “I’m talking to any faithful, sensible servant to whom the master gives the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family. 43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 44 I assure you, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 45 But if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and begins oppressing the other servants, partying, and getting drunk — 46 well, the master will return unannounced and unexpected. He will tear the servant apart and banish him with the unfaithful. 47 The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it.
48 “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given. NLT
If we know what God says to do, and we refuse to do it, we will be severely punished.
If we know how God expects us to live, and we don’t do it, He will punish. If we have been given the truth about Jesus – that He is the son of God who died to take the punishment we deserve – and we refuse to accept Him as our saviour, He will punish. But if we accept Him, and obey, we will be rewarded.
Our pastor preached yesterday on Ninevah. Ninevah was a powerful city. They were a superpower. Their walled fortress of a city could not be penetrated by mere humnas. They had food stores to last 20 years. They thought they had it all under control.
Jonah was sent by God to Ninevah to tell them how they were messing up, and that they needed to repent. He didn’t want to do it. He tried every way he could to get out of it. When he did tell them, and they repented, he didn’t like it that those rotten people obeyed God.
We’d be the same way. If Saddam Hussein had repented, turned from his wicked ways, and accepted Jesus so that he went to Heaven, we’d be mad because he was so rotten all his life, and then was rewarded in the end. In our eyes, rotten people don’t deserve forgiveness from God. Thankfully, God see things differently, because we are all rotten.
But those people soon turned back to their wicked ways. Fifty years later, they were just as rotten. And they truly were rotten. They were mean. When they captured prisoners in war, it’s an understatement to say they tortured them. And I don’t mean they made them wear underwear on their heads and took pictures of them naked. They removed body parts….one at a time. They skinned prisoners alive. They tortured people to death.
And they planned to attack the southern tribes of Israel.
The prophet Nahum told what would happen to them 100 years after their little meeting with Jonah, if they didn’t straighten up. He told them God would so utterly destroy them, that nobody would even know they had existed. And they didn’t straighten up. Guess what happened? Yeah…God kept His promise.
If you haven’t ever read Nahum, read it HERE. It’s very short…only 3 chapters. You know that fortified city that no human could conquer? God isn’t human. He took ’em out!
Too many people want God to be real when they die, so He will take them to Heaven, but they think they can do whatever they want while they are down here. Scripture says God is patient and slow to anger. But it doesn’t say He will never get angry. It doesn’t say that patience won’t reach an end. God will eventually say, “Enough.”
Our pastor is also a teacher in a Christian school. He sees young people all the time, that have grown up in church and know the facts. They can tell you all the Bible stories. But they cannot make that transition to apply God’s word to their lives. It hasn’t been made real to them. They have not learned to be sensitive to God leading them.
Have you been given the truth? Let’s paraphrase that first scripture:
Much (truthof God) is required from those to whom much (truth of God) is given, and much more (truth of God) is required from those to whom much more (truth of God) is given.
To those who know what they should do…and still don’t do it…it’s not looking to good for them. But for those who have heard God’s word, and obey, they will be rewarded.
Beth and Rachael have gone shopping. Rach needed to get something new to wear to Holly and Michael’s wedding. The wedding is 2 weeks from yesterday. I told Steve that I’m just having trouble picturing all our kids being old enough to be married. I’m still in shock over Brandon and Rachael. If they are older, then it means I am, too. And I just don’t remember getting that old. Someone on one of the genealogy lists I’m on said this in an email:
“I’m starting to get old myself, old enough to realize that every patronizing thing you’ve ever said or thought about old people when you were young will come back to haunt you if you lilve long enough!! “
It’s true. That means my kids are going to be haunted big time Brandon says we have to be nice to them, because they get to pick which nursing home to put us in.