What does “to whom much is given, from him much will be required” mean?

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Accountability to God

Jesus said, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48). The Bible teaches that people are going to be held accountable for what they have. If they have been blessed with talents such as material wealth, time, education, health, etc, they are to use them for the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Few opportunities lead to greater ones

To make the most of few opportunities leads to greater opportunities. “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 25:29). If talents are not used, it is only natural that they be removed.

God does not give a big thing to a man until He has tested him in a small matter; afterward He promotes him to a great thing. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:10-12).

Life’s tests

Trials test God’s children. “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Only fire-resistant materials remain when a building is burned down. The fire represents hardships and the “hour of temptation,” that will attack the world “to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

Some may be saved who go through it (1 Corinthians 3:14, 15). In times of hardship, the true nature of the God’s children will be known. If they are truly born again and have accepted the teachings of Jesus Christ, the fires of persecution will only cause their faith to get stronger and their love for the Lord to grow. If, on the other hand, they have accepted worldly compromise, their faith will not endure the test of hardship, and they will abandon their stand with the Lord (Romans 1:21-22).

Judgement Day

Each man is ultimately responsible to God, and to Him alone (Romans 14:12). The true nature of a man’s actions is not always known in this life, but it will be exposed in its true light “when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16). Some will be weighed and found wanting in the heavenly scales. Others will receive the eternal life.

Those that have accepted the Lord’s atoning sacrifice for their own sins and walked in His path, they have been forgiven since they repented and trusted in Christ and had His righteousness credited to their account (2 Corinthians 5:21). But the sinners that have rejected God will have to pay for their sins (Revelation 20:11-16) and will be finally “judged according to their works” (Revelation 20:12).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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