“…For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to whom men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more.” Luke 12:48b AMP
Growing up, there were times that being the oldest sibling was frustrating. There were several instances where my parents scolded me and said, “I expect more of you because you are the oldest.” My brother and I are only a year apart, but in their eyes, that year was more than enough to require greater responsibility of me.
God requires more of us as believers. And if you read the verses preceding Luke 12:48, you see that Jesus is telling a parable about how important it is for a person to be a good steward over what they have been given. When you are not good stewards over what you have, the consequences are greater for you who know better, as opposed to those who do not know to do better. So what is it that God has given you, that will require more?
The answer to this question may differ from person to person, but all of our answers can be summed up into one word – gifts. You see, everyone has been blessed with a particular skill set and talents that are to be “gifted” to others. There are those of you who are gifted to love – you have the divine ability to make others feel valued, and appreciated when everyone else has discounted their worth. There are some of you who are gifted to encourage, and you do so through song, poetry, exhortation, writing, mentor-ship, or even by carrying out the responsibilities of your job. There are those of you who are gifted with the ability to teach, and you will liberate others to express their particular gifting because of your wisdom and knowledge. But are you holding back? Are you truly giving all of your gift, or is fear, or even frustration keeping you from giving more?
There is a consequence to not giving the more that God has given to you, and there is a reward when you sacrifice and give all that you have been graciously given. Giving of yourself to others is not easy – there will be times where it will seem that it is not worth the cost. But Galations 6:9 has to be your encouragement: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”