Day 8 of 21: Much is Required

SCRIPTURE:
Luke12:48 To whom much was given, much will be required, and from those to whom is entrusted much, more will be demanded.

OBSERVATION:
God does not expect you to work with what you don’t have. He does, however, expect you to work diligently with what you do have. We, in the American church, have been given so much. We have the word of God in every translation, commentaries and teachings at our fingertips, and, not the least of which, the Holy Spirit of the living God. We will give an account one day of how we stewarded and invested the resources and relationships at our disposal.

The enemy will try to distract us and paralyze our progress by getting us to focus on what we don’t have. Or, worse yet, get us to compare what we don’t have with what someone else has and then begin to get offended with God, become jealous of others, and to feel slighted which usually devolves into bitterness, complaining, and gossip. This is a cancer that must be excised from our souls if we want to experience the life and life more abundant that Jesus desires to give us.

There was a huge storm along the coast one day. The next morning, one of the local residents came out to assess the damage. He witnessed that the beach was littered with thousands of starfish. Off in the distance, he witnessed a young boy frantically throwing starfish back in the ocean in an attempt to save them before they died. The older man caught up with the boy and said, “What are you doing? The task is too great. How could you possibly make a difference in the midst of so much devastation?”
The boy, without breaking his gaze from his task, picked up another starfish and as he threw it back into the ocean he stated, “Made a difference to that one.”

We must have the attitude and determination of that little boy. Just because we can’t do everything, that doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to do what we can. Our efforts may seem like a drop in the ocean, but if everyone does their part, it can become a tidal wave of hope that can sweep this nation with hope and revival.

APPLICATION:
1. Repent of any offense or complaints against God.
2. Repent of gossip or comparisons to other people.
3. Refuse to focus on what you don’t have.
4. Do an inventory with the Holy Spirit of what you do have and what you can do.
5. Begin living your purpose by investing what you can into the kingdom by being obedient with what you have.

This will require prayer, continual repentance and refocusing, a refusal to get distracted by lesser things, and a determination to live every day in service of the King and those He loves.

PRAYER:
Lord, I love You and I thank You for today. You are holy and I know You know what You are doing. I ask forgiveness for any area where I’ve been complaining, comparing, or gossiping. God, I ask that You would search my soul and weed out any offense or feelings of being slighted by You. You are good and I trust You. Help me to focus on what You have given me and what You have given me to do. Give me the grace to take the next step. Help me to be a good steward of my resources and relationships. In the wonderful name of Jesus, amen.