Luke 12: 47 NKJV 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 stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Luke 12:47 NIV 47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Friends, you and I have received so much from the Lord! Yes, we have! We have received unconditional love, our sins have been forgiven, we have been transformed by the renewal of our minds, we have been empowered to fulfill our God given destiny, and much more. Oh, you are thinking about the other important but small stuff eh! Those will follow suite my friend. Remember, Luke 12:31 “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other thing shall be added unto you” You will be clothed in fine linen, you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, there will be peace in our homes, there shall be unity and harmony in our gatherings, our barns shall be full, the dew of heaven shall fall upon us and much more in Jesus name guaranteed.
What then is required of Us all? What does the Lord require of US but to love God with all our hearts and love others as ourselves. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
How then do we show that we love God but to love others as ourselves. If I love you then I will not act in anyway to hurt you my friends. I will not backbite or sow seed of destruction in your life, I will not take anything that belongs to you, I will not eat your food though I am hungry, I will not cause you to stumble, I will be at peace with you as long as it depends on me right?. We have received much, we must give also. We have been forgiven so much, we should also forgive anyone and everyone that has sinned against us.
Friends, since we know about the love of God which has been shared amongst us but fail to live a life of love then the bible says we will be beaten with many blows. If you know the right thing to do and doeth it not that is sin. Let us not take the love of God for granted as liberty to continue in sin which is disobedience.
That gift God gave you is for the good of others and His kingdom, are you fully applying it? That need that you know about and can meet yet you ignore is blatant disobedience. God is watching! He sees what no other man sees. You know what is required of you and I my friends, please let us all endeavour to apply ourself to life with love of God and others.
Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, Lord we pray that you will help us to love you more. Help us to look past the faults we see in others to love them as you love us. Help us dear Lord to be an extension of your grace to everyone in our lives presently and in future. Let your light shine through us Lord for the world to see in Jesus mighty name. Amen