Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. Luke 12:41-48
I used to think that verses such as today’s’ applied only to believers. However the more I think about today’s verses the more I believe they apply to everyone, Christian and non-Christian. The Christian part is easy. After all we have been given the ultimate in our eternal life with God. Is it any wonder that Jesus would expect much of us? God expects each of us to use the gifts He has given us to work to bring His message to the entire world. When we shirk our responsibility we are disobeying God. That has got to make Him unhappy.
Now nothing stops someone from accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and then sitting on the sidelines letting others do all the heavy lifting. Nothing stops a person from living a life apart from God only to accept His gift of eternal life at the last minute. Even though both have done no kingdom work both will be saved and spend eternity with God. God never reneges on His promises. They will however be judged as will each of us. That judgment just might and probably will have a sharp rebuke from God for all the opportunities to serve God lost in this life. And the sideline sitter may well have a less important function in the next life. But as one of my Sunday school teachers once said, “better to be the janitor in heaven that a ruler in hell.”
But what about the rest of the world? Do these verses apply to them? I think yes. The reason I think so is that the whole world has been given much by God. After all Jesus came to save the entire world. The gift of salvation is there for anyone to take. You see much has been given to every soul that has ever walked this earth. Because God has given each person so much, their very lives, much will be asked of everyone. No one will be able to say they just did not know. No one will be able to say they did not have enough to believe or enough to accept God.
Have a blessed day,