“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 12:48 NIV
Responsibility has been an encouraging and demoralizing word for many. The thought of being responsible over something can motivate one to improve and hit goals harder, or overwhelm and paralyze.
These verses follow Jesus’ parables regarding the things we do with our thoughts, time, and resources. The one who did not consider the kingdom of God in these areas missed out on the point. The super farmer in one of the preceding parables produced so much crop his barn did not have enough room for them. He thought to himself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.” In my opinion that mind set is a form of complacency. There’s no kingdom minded passion behind this.
In our current time in the US, it’s expensive to raise a family and pursue a career to take care of them. We push hard, drive fast, and sacrifice much to get “there.” As if there’s an imaginary line we want to cross. God gives us the talents, resources, and everything else we need to live a “fulfilled life.” The challenge is that this world provides countless definitions for a “fulfilled life.” But the only truly fulfilled life is one devoted to Christ. A life that considers His ways everyday and takes into consideration the position God has placed them in.
Let me put this way. God gave you the job you have, whether you’re making over $100,000 or around $15,000 a year. It doesn’t matter. You have the Spirit of God living in you to make a difference where ever you are. Let this drive you from the core, because this means God has given you responsibilities which He trusts you can handle. What ever you are, whether a mother, a father, employee, or boss, He has given everything you need to glorify Him in those roles. And if you do well with the little He trusts you with, He may trust you with more.