Why we’re to walk the walk
“48 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.”
Walk the walk we’re being told. “from the one who had been given with much, much will be demanded” isn’t a loosely conveyed abstraction, it’s a statement of fact. It’s followed immediately by “from the one who had been entrusted with much, much will be asked.” I’m not seeing any vagueness here.
Given. Entrusted. What have we been given? What are we entrusted with? A gift more precious than all the wealth in the world, forgiveness through grace, eternal life. Given freely to those who believe as a complete package.
Entrusted. Christ is gone, no longer here on earth. But we are here. We’ve been entrusted with knowledge of His plan for us, clarity in how the world works and why, a world view that’s opposite of the view the world has of itself. Most importantly, we’ve been entrusted with the Holy Spirit in us, to guide us, to change us. Change us to what? Change us to be more like Christ. We’ve been entrusted with forgiveness, grace, love, salvation, purpose. We’ve been entrusted with Christ’s death on the cross, the reason he came to us – to live The Word, to be The Word, to spread The Word.
Does that describe your life, your relationship with the world around you? It’s not a suggestion, it’s demanded of us.
Demanded. Sorry kids, no gray area. Christ demands more from us than warming a pew and pleasant murmurings. He demands we make a difference for Him with this gift we’ve been given. He demands we be the light in all we do. There’s no doubt what His expectations of us are.
Carry the gift with you, embrace it for what it is, understand fully the demands that come with it, the responsibility, and live your life through it. The joy of a job well done awaits.