“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.” Luke 12:48
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
Sadly, in this country we witness gluttony and excess in even the poorest of neighborhoods. What an irony! Our ghettos have a problem with overindulgence. Truly starving nations don’t have plump street peddlers. If you ever have the opportunity to travel to a third world country, your heart could never arrive in this one and look at it the same. The seriousness of poverty would break your heart.
Many of us have been blessed beyond measure. Yet we ignore this fact and continue to sit in our homes depressed. We want MORE. I can admit after receiving an invitation to a social function, feeling insecure and uncomfortable myself. I am quite aware that I cannot afford the latest dress or the hippest shoes. Of course, in this selfish thinking, it slips my mind to remember to be thankful for actual clothes! It has not occurred to my distracted heart to appreciate the warm food and celebratory gala itself. But as I soak in the culture around me, it is quite obvious that I am not alone in my selfish demands for the VERY BEST.
As I read this verse, it compels me to look at it from a unique angle. Perhaps the reason why so many are trapped in a web of depression and overconsumption is because we have never really taken a moment to appreciate what God has already blessed us with. Perhaps God is wanting to bless you with every little desire of your heart— but He cannot trust you with them. Because, as it says in Luke 12:48, much will be required of those who have been blessed.
Are you committed to having the kind of character that God can trust with a blessing? Until you are ready for that kind of responsibility, thank God that the blessing hasn’t come yet—because they could be the very ingredients for your biggest downfall.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have been looking at my situation from a very narrow lens. I only see things from my personal perspective, in relation to my own little world. Help me to step back and see the bigger picture. Help me to let go of my selfishness and hold my hand out for something better: thankfulness. Lord, give me the kind of character that can be trusted with a blessing. When I am blessed, help me never to forget where that blessing came from and give me a heart to give back in some way in your honor. Lord, this depression and self-indulgent behavior is only getting worse with time. Help me. I am drowning and I need you to stop me from doing this to myself. In Jesus precious name, give me eyes to see just how blessed I am, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan