Called To Go Forth
Jesus loved to teach in parables. They were stories designed to convey a specific message, usually about the Kingdom of God. More often than not, however, the ultimate meaning was hidden like a treasure buried beneath the sand. Blank stares and open mouths were typical responses. Questions such as “What does that mean?” were the order of the day.
But not always.
On one occasion, Jesus talked about servants, masters, weddings, and thieves (Luke 12:35-47). He then concluded this series of parables with the words, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more” (Luke 12:48, NABRE). Today, many Christians tie this message into the matter of stewardship, that is, the careful and responsible management – and sharing – of the time, talent, and treasure with which we have been entrusted by God. That is certainly a valid conclusion, but it is incomplete. You see, my friend, you have been entrusted with something even greater than time on this earth or life skills or money. You have been entrusted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In English, the word “gospel” literally means “good news.” In ancient Greece (remember, the New Testament was originally written in Greek), such “good news” (“evangelion”) included news of a military victory. For followers of Christ, however, the victory being celebrated is not a military one but a divine one, and the defeated enemy is not a city, state, or nation but sin itself.
Entrusted with much
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, when we are initiated into the Body of Christ by baptism, profession of faith, consecration with the Holy Spirit, or otherwise, we are entrusted with the gift of salvation. It is a free, voluntary, and unmerited endowment from Almighty God, unique in all the universe and beyond the descriptive power of even the best writers and poets. But we do not receive it just for ourselves. It is a gift, among all gifts, to be shared with others, because God wants no one to perish but all to repent and have eternal life (2 Peter 3:9). Indeed, once we truly understand the height, depth, and breadth of this gift and the love of God from which it originates, we cannot help but let our lights shine so that others may be saved and glorify our heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16). That, by itself, would be sufficient for anyone.
But you are not just anyone.
Entrusted with more
Within the Kingdom of God, we are all empowered to do the Lord’s work in some way. We are all equipped to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our lips and with our lives. But some have been given special insight into God’s mercy and love. Often arising out of the ashes of failure, addiction, misery, or sin, such insight is a gift-upon-gift from the Almighty, and He never intended that those who receive it would remain silent. In short, they have been entrusted with more – not for their own glory but for His, and not for just their own salvation but for the salvation of the world.
Yes, much is required of the person entrusted with much, but still more is demanded of the person entrusted with more.
Called to go forth
Your visiting this web page today was no coincidence. It was certainly no accident. In a world in which chaos and chance are given far too much credit, I sincerely believe that God is calling you to do a special work for His Kingdom that only you can do. Yes, you have been entrusted with much. Importantly, however, you have been entrusted with more.
God really does save His biggest battles for His strongest soldiers. Congratulations, my friend – you are one of those soldiers.
And I am praying for you.
-- Dr. John Morris