#4222 – Much is Given

Good morning people who have received so much from God

Luke 12:48b NKJV …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.

How we live is determined by which part of this statement is primary in our focus.

So many times our focus is on what is required from us. This can be in our relationship with God, with our family, with our work, with our ministry…just generally in life. It’s so easy to focus on the demands that are put on us.

But in this powerful verse I see two parts. Yes I see much is required, but I also see much has been given. Why do we focus on what is required more than what is given?

In Matthew 18:21-35 Peter asks Jesus how many times we need to forgive others; how much is required from us. Jesus answers with a parable about the unmerciful servant. In summary this servant was forgiven a HUGE debt; one that was unpayable. He went out rejoicing but soon found someone that owed him a little amount. His response was completely unmerciful and his end was terrible.

This servant focused more on the little that was owed to him rather than the HUGE amount he had been forgiven. Jesus’ answer to Peter’s question was a reversal of focus. Peter asked how much is required of me – Jesus answered by talking about how much we have received.

I wonder how much more free we would be if we simply reversed our focus?

Today why don’t we focus on how much we have been given and forgiven, rather than on what is owed to us and required from us. It might just change our lives.