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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Much Given = Much Expected

May 18

(Luke 12:42-48 NIV) "The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? {43} It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. {44} I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. {45} But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. {46} The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. {47} "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. {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."

(Revelation 20:12 NIV) "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books."

Anyone who thinks Jesus was just this nice little teacher who waltzed around the Sea of Galilee singing the Beatle’s song, “All You Need is Love”, has not read the parables. Jesus loved people, but He was absolutely brutal when He taught with parables. In parable form, Jesus taught that when he returns, it will be good for the servant who is found doing the Master’s will. He taught that the lazy servant will be punished with many blows. You heard right… punished… with many blows! Jesus said that. How much more direct can He be? He said that much will be expected from those who’ve been entrusted with much. That would be you and me -- He is talking to us here. So this is the formula: Much Given = Much Expected. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand this simple equation. God has given you much, and He has high expectations of you! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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