Much is required.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” Luke 12:48

I look around me in Ethiopia and I see intense poverty and lack of what we would consider basic necessities.  I am reminded of the opportunities I have been afforded simply because I was born in America.

To whom much is given, much is required.

I spend time with sweet children, children without a home.  I pray that God will raise up mothers and fathers for those children.  I am reminded of the blessing of the family I was adopted into.  Even more so when I hear of the millions of orphans in this world.

To whom much is given, much is required.

I hear stories of women whose circumstances have brought them to the streets of Ethiopia.  Women whose bodies and very dignity are sold for a price to men who take and take from them, abuse them, and throw them aside.  I hear horror stories.  I am reminded that I am blessed not to know that kind of pain, that God has kept me safe for 25 years.

To whom much is given, much is required.

I see a world that is lost and dying.  I see people trapped in bad relationships, in their own thoughts, in sin.  I am even more aware of the freedom I have in Christ.  I realize what a miracle it is that He saved my life from a path of emptiness, selfishness and ultimately destruction.

To whom much is given, much is required.

It’s hard to see so much pain, so much suffering, and know that you can hardly identify with it.  It’s hard not to ask, “Why?”  I so easily could have been born into poverty.  So easily could have been an orphan.  So easily could have been abused.  So easily could have continued in my sin.  But I wasn’t, I’m not, and I didn’t.  By the grace of God.  As I bring those difficulties and, honestly, frustrations, before God, He reminds me:

To whom much is given, much is required.

The challenge lies in not settling in to a comfortable, me-centered life.  The challenge lies in resisting the cultural tides and be willing to give and serve in a way that requires sacrifice.  The challenge lies in being bold and not shrinking back when an opportunity arises to speak into the lives of others the things that truly matter.  The challenge lies in knowing that all that I have is a gift from God and truly loving Him enough to use those gifts to bring Him glory.

I have been given a voice, so I will speak.
I have been given finances, so I will give.
I have been given hope, so I will share it.
By His Spirit, for His glory.

Because to whom much is given, much is required.

 

“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:33-34

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