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. – Luke 12:48
Some years ago, five members of a Midwest America family invested a dollar each to win a quarter billion dollars in the lottery, hitting the Powerball. The family consisted of the parents and their three sons. Unlike Noah, there were no wives involved in the buy, but suffice it to say, they were involved in the spending.
Prior to COVID-19, on my return home from a trip abroad, it was raining at the airport, but for the hundreds of visitors to our shores, the joy of being in The Bahamas brought laughter and giggles. They were not “checking” for the rain. One bald-headed young man on the immigration line was stomping his feet to the Calypso music and shouted “not bad at all”. He was going to get the maximum for the cost of his vacation.
We are at that point in our country when some people are asking questions, making premature judgments, assessing stewardship – and many times conclusions are arrived at with the aid of prejudice, envy, greed and untruths. Also, we let our personal feelings get in the way of national progress. Yes, the election is over and the people have mandated those elected and selected to let the words of our text be their mission statement!
In this 12th chapter of The Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus addresses his disciples. There are three main themes that stand out – we are to encourage courageous confessions; we need to have a proper perspective as it concerns possessions; and we are to be faithful in our stewardship. Jesus wants us to beware of hypocrisy and not hide the truth by pretending to be what we are not.
Morally, we should deal fairly with our “family” when it comes to inheritance. Covetousness will cloud opportunities for increase in holdings and lessen our spiritual joy. Then, wherever we are placed and have areas of responsibility given to us, we should be true and faithful in our dealings. If people have done the best they could, then we should be fair in assessing their stewardship. No man is an island and whatever is given, more is expected.
Who, then, is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing. 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. 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 be required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
As we look at others and continuously find fault, criticize and make light of their achievements, is it that we fall short of our stewardship of our lives and responsibilities? Are we being hypocrites and poking others in the eye, knowing full well that morally, we are blind? Is it that we really don’t care about people, but are all wrapped up in things and possessions?
Today, the word of God is for you. No matter your field of endeavor, if you are given much, then much is expected of you.