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To Whom Much Is Given

Focus: Luke 12:47-48 - KJV

47. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

2 Peter 2:18-22

The Lord’s ways are pure. Although everyone that sins against Him shall be punished, He punishes less those who fall into sin without the knowledge of the fact that what they do is sinful. Nonetheless, that people may not hide under the cloak of ignorance always, He made sure that He creates in man the ability to decipher the good from the evil. At any rate, to anyone who knows how to do good but refuses to do it, to him it is a sin and would suffer the required consequences of his action or inaction. After all said and done, there are those in whom the Lord has invested so much and reposed so great confidence. If upon all the Lord has done to show them the goodness of the kingdom, they decide not to stay put in the kingdom, their punishment when the Lord returns, shall be much more than that of the ordinary sinner.

Saul of Tarsus was a murderer and persecutor; but he did what he did in ignorance and therefore obtained mercy. Judas Iscariot knew whom the Lord was and was particularly cautioned before he went ahead to betray the Master. The Lord even said to his hearing that truly it is written that the son of man will be betrayed, but woe unto him through whom He is betrayed. Yet, the man went ahead and never found mercy. The story of Judas may seem strange but it is happening with many even now. It is a betrayal of Christ to have received so much witnessing and still live a wayward life or a life that is antagonistic of Christ. If He catches you in any such act when He returns, He will sure play back to you all the warning messages that you got, like Judas, but refuse to heed. Consider the story of the faithful steward who, though he did not know the hour of the Master’s return had come, and yet kept the faith; and compare that with the unfaithful one, who, despite all the warnings refused to yield.

Beloved, look around you and see that all the signs are rife for the return of the Master. It is meant to be like a thief in the night, yes, but there are clear signs and indicators that are meant to prompt the keen observer about the imminent return. Let us therefore not be like the unfaithful steward to whom so much has been exposed but refuse to do the needful. Those who are found faithful will inherit the Master’s wealth while those who are found wanting shall be beaten like thieves. Indeed, they will be cast out with their own master that they have been yielding to. For as much as the Lord has shown us the way, please let us stick with it so as not to be like the dog that has returned to its vomit.

SOLUTION: We all know the demands of God, our Master and what He would seek to find us in when He returns for His Church. Let us do the needful never to look outside.

Please pray: Father, we acknowledge your love and kindness to us. We also appreciate that which you have committed to our care. Please help us to be alert to our responsibilities now, more than ever before, in Jesus’ name. When eventually you return, help us to be in the assignment you have given us dear Lord, in Jesus’ name, that we may inherit that which you have prepared for us rather than punishment, in Jesus mighty name.

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