To Whom Much Is Given...

I read this quote yesterday and it resonated with me. I believe that God wants to take many of us to grand heights, but before He does, He first tests the status our hearts. He has to be sure that He can trust us. Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

Money, celebrity and status are the ultimate litmus test for heart checks.  There are some people who, as soon as they experience a glimmer of success (e.g. status, money, position, celebrity, marriage, relationship),  mistreat others. Here is the problem with that as Christians: Luke 12:48 says, “Someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

Sometimes, as Christians, we look to those in the world, and we use them as our measures for how we should behave. If we are not intentional, we could succumb to the temptation to emulate those who have achieved success through deceptive and ill-spirited measures. However,  we must realize that when it comes to the affairs of God, the main purpose of God’s blessings is so that we can be Christ’s representatives here on Earth and, as such, we are called to be a blessing to others. Our riches and treasures serve as an illustration of God’s goodness.  We have to be careful that we do not use God’s blessings to deter people from the Kingdom of God. As Christians, we have to be mindful of how our behavior impacts our influence.

I believe that God has plans for His children to be in positions of great influence. However, our success requires continuous heart checks. In His Word God says that He will elevate those who humble themselves, and He will humble those who elevate themselves.  Let’s refrain from missing out on the magnitude of our blessings due to our failed humility. Let us become known as men and women of God who influenced their generation for Christ.  Let us become the light in the dark!