Fearing the Much
“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. 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 12:47-48
I used to not like these verses so much. In fact, there was a time when I would heard them almost as a threat and I would be scared I wasn’t living up to the standard.
“To whom much is given, much is required…”
That kind of fear is never going to lead to faith. It leads to seeking safety and easy answers. We have to deal with it. We have to come into the true safety of His love and grace to launch out into deeper waters and explore what he has for us, and that’s the catch. That hunger requires more.
We can’t stay in the shadows. We can’t stay in the bondages. We can’t stay in the unforgiveness and bad attitudes. Those fears compete for affection so we make the decision to let them go. Trying to keep our comfort zones and minimize our risk gets tossed aside when we catch a glimpse of His greatness and glory.
And every taste, every step–all of it makes us hungry for more.
The logical thing to do is to stay ignorant (so that you don’t risk receiving many blows–read the verse again), but when you’re in love, logic doesn’t win out. You’re inspired to conquer the world and give the best. You get to know one side of your beloved and it makes you desperate to find out more.
The Spirit of God brings us into clarity of vision and purpose and even groans in us (Romans 8:26) as we cry out for more. All the while, we are going deeper and deeper, being given more and more, and it’s His delight and joy to give us His heart and His Kingdom.
As with anyone who has ever been in love, things can cool off. The passion has to be maintained, stirred, and kindled. Some after being given so much, decide that something else will make them happy or that they deserve to be “like everyone else” so they chase after other lovers.
I’m not going to even address this mindset except to say that I refuse. I’ve been given so much and I’m not afraid anymore. I want to use what I’ve been given because He loves me and I love Him. I want to honor what He has done in my life, the amazing testimonies of His faithfulness.
I’m not backing down and I will finish strong. Even a couple years ago, this was one of my biggest fears. I don’t say I’ll finish strong because I’m being prideful and arrogant. I say that because I know He is able to preserve me and He will be faithful to complete the work He started. I choose to remain and abide in Him and I won’t let go.
How about you? Have these verses ever scared you? Do you have confidence in your ability to finish well?
This is included in Peter Pollock’s One Word Blog Carnival where this time the topic is Much.