Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Daily - 10/20/09

Luke 6:39-48

39 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

40 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." 41 Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?"

42 And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time?

43 Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.

44 Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.

45 But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk,

46 then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.

47 That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely;

48 and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.


I'm going to focus on verses 47 and 48. I've hit a point in my life where I take them very personally.

Many of us have been entrusted with much. Maybe not as much as a priest, but still much. At times I look at myself and feel pretty happy with what is going on with me spiritually. I spend a lot of time on spiritual things these days, between this list, Friday morning bible study, parish council, and small faith groups.

But ... Christ is crystal clear -- if much is entrusted to us, much is expected of us. So no, it's not good enough to feel satisfied, or to look at someone else and be proud of what I do. The reality is that God has given me gifts that he wants me to use and if I am to take Christ at His Word (and I do), then I have much to do.