“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… (Luke 12:48)
When one ponders the extremes of Scripture Such as, which verse is the saddest, best, most meaningful, or scariest, the answer depends upon whom you are asking and at what point in their life they are at. If you were to ask a young evangelist or missionary which verse inspires him, he might say, “The fields are white unto harvest.” If you were to ask an elderly person which is the verse they look to the most they might say, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” If you were to ask a new convert, they might quote John 3:16. If you were to ask a sober minded preacher what verse holds the most gravity to him he might quote Luke 12:48.
Luke 12:48 is part of a parable of our Lord Jesus. We will (DV) summarize the parable for you. A lord goes away for a time and he expects his servant to keep all things in order. He is right to expect this. He is not asking anything above the servant’s responsibility. The servant then has a choice, will he keep the household in order or will he let things go and put things in order just before the lord returns? The servant may think according to this line; the lord will not know if all things were kept in order while he was gone or if thing were let to slide and put back in order just before his arrival. However, the servant knows not when the lord would return.
Paul states in Philippians 2:12-14: “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and disputing…
The above passage teaches us the right attitude to have while our Lord is away.
The servant in the Lord’s parable has the choice of being a good servant or an idle or rogue servant. The servant might take this opportunity and take the lord’s place and “begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken…” The servant could also think like the Philippians and obey his lord, not as in his presence only, but much more in his absence.
If the lord came home unexpectately and found the servant drunk and basking in pretensionistic, false glory and the menservants and maidens abused and used according to the servant’s pleasures, the wicked servant will be “cut asunder.”
If the servant is a Phillippian thinker, and does right in the lords absence he will be made “ruler over [the lord’s] household.” It will be said of the good servant, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing…”
So, if you were to ask a preacher, “What is the scariest or most sobering or grave verse in the Bible? The preacher might answer with Luke 12:48.
To be clear, I will (DV) use pop culture. Peter Parker A.K.A. SpiderMan was told by his uncle that “To whom much is given, much will be required.” This is a grave statement. Parker’s uncle was quoting from our text, Luke 12:48.
With all of that said, it seems that the preachers, pastors, evangelists, missionaries, prophets, ministers, priests, church leaders, Sunday School teachers, Apologists, self proclaimed “apostles”, Bishops, Popes, etc. ect. ect. shall reap much derision from the Lord if they/we/I/ you are not “[found] so doing.”
In the Lord’s parable, Christ speaks of being beaten with few stripes and being beaten with many stripes. This should cause all of you/us in the Lord’s work to take and behold. This may be why Paul says to us, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Let us think of Judas, he spent (3) three years with the Christ. Judas learned at the Master’s very feet. With all that he was taught and given, one would think that he, like the other (11) eleven, would use it for God’s Glory. Judas, however, did not use it for God’s Glory, but for personal gain. Judas was a lover of money. Lord Jesus even said, one cannot love two masters, meaning money or loyalty. Judas heard the Lord’s teaching on this subject and he chose the money over loyalty to the Son of God. Judas hanged himself. Much was given Judas and much was required of Judas….his very life and soul.
We, in the service of the Lord, need to always think about our time and gifts. Are we using them circumspectly or are we not? One of the reasons we write on this blog is to use our time rightly. In writing these articles, I have spent, somedays (8) eight to (12) twelve hours on a single article. Somedays we might spend (12) hours and write (3) three or (4) four articles. We write what He puts into our mind. When my Lord returns, I want Him to Find me “so doing” not for gain or reward, but because He is the Master and He is O’ so good to me and my family.
I heard an evangelist say, “If the Lord took everything from me…..I would still have to say, God has been so good to me.”
Because of the Lord’s Grace, Mercy, Goodness and His Love, we, His Servants, are happy…O’ so very happy…..to be what He expects us to be and to be doing what He expects us to be doing…Even so, Come , Lord Jesus.
Therefore, when we continue to seek Biblical and spiritual knowledge we are, in truth, digging ourselves deeper and deeper into His derision if we are wicked servants. However, if we be obedient servants we shall be greatly pleased by our Lord’s, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
My readers, You must understand that this does not only apply to those in service to God, but it applies to all. This warning applies to all that know the Lord. No one is exempt’d. God has given us much knowledge and wisdom and understanding. If we /you do not use all of that for God’s Glory, you too, might find a few or many stripes waiting for you.
God has given all believers, “All spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1); God has made all believers, partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1); The Spirit has grown His fruit within us (Galatians 2:20); Think of it this way, God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and omniscient………and He dwells inside of your mind and heart.
You and I have been given much; Therefore, much is required of us while our Lord is away. So, this truth of Luke 12:48, is not meant to sober up the ministers of God only, but it is meant to sober up all of God’s people.
Our Lord Jesus expects much because He gave so much.