Privilege Calls For Accountability

Luke 12:42-48 “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Text Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”

Beginning with the parable of the rich man in verses.16-20, Jesus enlightened His disciples to certain aspects of man’s earthly life. In Luke 12:16-40, Jesus reminded them of the Priorities of Life, “seek ye the kingdom of God” (vs.31). Like that rich man, one day all of us will die and all that we have obtained of this world’s temporal goods will be left behind; only those things that we have accomplished for the honor and glory of God will go forth to the other side; the rest will be lost! In verses 41-48, Jesus emphasized the Privileges of Life, “whom his lord shall make ruler over his household” (vs.42). In his absence, the lord of this servant has placed within his hands the privilege to rule and manage the affairs of the kingdom. This servant has been given the privilege of conducting kingdom business in the master stead. What a glorious privilege! There is one thing to be remembered; the activities preformed in the lord’s absence will determine the lord’s response at his return. There will either be reward or ruin. A second thing to be remembered is, the greater the privilege the greater the accountability. In verse 48, Jesus said if a great deal is granted, bestowed or committed into the hands of a servant, in the day of the lord’s return a great deal will be required of that servant. Christians have been given a great privilege, are you ready for your Lord’s return. The greater your privileges, the greater your responsibility!