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But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.


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And the more you have been given, the greater the responsibility. No, none of us are responsible for any superhero abilities, but each child of God has been given, not only physical blessings, but also spiritual blessings Ephesians2 Peter As we await his return, we are responsible to make the most of the time and resources we have. We have no right do use these blessings for our own advantage.

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Then the apostle Peter asks if the parable is for the disciples or for all people. This passage and the larger book is written by—you guessed it—Luke.

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Passages like Luketherefore, are meant to instill confidence in our hearts regarding what Jesus Christ desires from his followers during his absence. Every now and then, certain phrases from Scripture remain largely unchanged. Some English versions change the word order here or there, but not ificantly.

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For New Testament believers today, the most direct application of this principle is related to life in the church. Scripture states that each believer is given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit Romans ; Ephesiansmeant for the mutual edification and growth of the church.

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To use our spiritual gifts for selfish reasons would be poor stewardship. If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? My finances, my family, my house, my time, my heartbeat, and my talents are all gracious gifts from a gracious God. Nothing can be further from the truth. Whether you have been entrusted with little or much, our commitment to faithful stewardship remains the same.

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The only thing that changes is not how responsible we should be, but rather, how much we are responsible for. This idea is clarified in a helpful parallel passage below. The servants with five talents and two talents took the money, invested and traded, and returned double the amount to the master upon his return. The servant with one talent, instead of investing, buried his in the ground.

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The servants entrusted with the five and two talents were commended, while the servant with the one talent was sternly rebuked and punished. Notice that servants with the five talents and two talents, although they had different amounts, approached their task with the same level of commitment.

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Although the amounts were different, their stewardship and faithfulness were the same. The master was just as pleased with the servant with two talents as he was with the servant with five talents.

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There is a wonderful message of comfort here: God will never hold you able for what he has not given you. Everything I have is a gift from you.

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I know that, because of my sin, I deserve nothing more than separation from you for all eternity. Yet, in your graciousness, you have poured out your blessings on me. Thank you for entrusting these gifts to me. Give me the faithfulness necessary to use these gifts for your glory.

Luke "from everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required"

Help me to use my time and talents, not for my own enjoyment or benefit, for the good of others. Aaron Berry is a co-author for the Pursuing the Pursuer Blog. You can articles from Aaron and his colleagues by subscribing to their blog or following them on FacebookTwitterand Instagram. Aaron currently resides in Allen Park, MI with his wife and two children, where he serves in his local church and recently completed an MDiv degree at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

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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. What Is the Context around This Scripture? Follow Crosswalk. Can Christians Enjoy Haunted Houses?

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Jesus' message about our innate Oneness with God, and the creative power of our faith and belief, is very good news indeed.


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To discuss its meaning, we must analyze the different parts of the phrase in four sections.


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