Much is required

"To whom much is given, of him much will be required.”

Luke wrote it, Jesus said it, God inspired it, and we’re supposed to live it.

It’s pretty clear to me.

I give you this gift—I expect you to use it.

I’m not a very good piano player. I’m not bad either. With practice (lots and lots of practice), I can stumble through most songs. Since some people can’t play at all, I consider playing piano a gift; so, when asked to accompany students at music contest, I agree. Now, those who have seen me at contest and other performances know it truly terrifies me anymore to play in public. My head aches, my hands tremble, my heart races.
I’d rather speak in front of a million people than play piano in front of one. So why do I put myself through that agony year after year?

“To whom much is given, of him much will be required.”

I play because I can.

There are many, many things I don’t have a clue how to do—fix my car,  shoot a basketball, pitch a baseball.

So, when Jenny wanted to play basketball, I counted on those people to whom the gift of playing basketball was given to do their part.

And, now that Wil wants to play football, I’m going to count on those people to whom the gift of throwing a football was given to do their part.

None of us have to do it all if we all do some.

I see wonderfully talented people who never share their gift. Maybe you, like me, are terrified to perform in public, but you can’t let that stop you.

The gospel of Luke gave no “easy out.” Unless misinterpreted, Jesus did not say “To whom much is given, of him much will be required unless it frightens you. . . . or unless it’s a pain in the neck . . . or unless you don’t feel like it that day.”

Pastor Robbie King asked recently how you would answer when you got to Heaven and God asked
"What did you do with what I
gave you?"
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