Written By Nick Person
Growing up I remember (very vividly) a recurring conversation my mom and I would have. It would basically go like this:
Mom: Nick why did you get a B in this class?
Me: I’m not sure. I think I did bad on a test, but it is still a B. A B is pretty good, it’s about average!
Mom: Is a B your best?
Mom: Nick, I know you don’t think it’s a big deal, but you’re sharp. The Lord has blessed you with being very smart and given you a lot of talents; to much is given, much is required.
This conversation would bother me so much! Now I know it’s this thing called conviction that was at play when we’d have this conversation. The truth is, my mom was right; to much is given, much is required! There is a heaviness and responsibility that comes with being given much. My mom was not the only one that would echo those words. I also had that same conversation with my youth pastor (that I later had the privilege of interning with). Those conversations would go like this:
David (my youth pastor): Nick, where were you during the Sunday night service?
Me: I didn’t come. I don’t like coming to that service; it is really boring!
David: So you encourage our students to come and then you don’t come. Your actions speak louder than your words!
Me: The other interns were not there either, why am I getting fussed at?
David: Why are you concerned about the other interns, we are talking about you! Nick, you were given a lot of gifts and talents and I am not going to allow you to waste them on my watch; to much is given, much is required!
It was as if I was having déjà vu. I would think, why do I keep having this same conversation? Upon getting older/wiser I realized that I just didn’t get it. I did not grasp what the Lord was trying to say to me through these two influential people. I was not hearing what they were saying or the truth in their words. Ultimately, I just didn’t want to hear it. This twenty-something guy hadn’t been given much. How could I steward something I felt like I never had? See, I was guilty of believing a lie that I kept feeding myself.
The truth is this, if you’re sitting at your computer or on your smart device at this moment, you have been given much. You might say to me, “Nick you don’t know all I have been through and the struggles I’ve endured!” But I’d say to you, “I am so sorry for your struggles and all you’ve have been through, but you’ve still been given much. Open up your eyes and see what the Lord has provided for you and how you have been blessed. You have been given much. You have gifts and talents that the Lord gave to you with purpose and intent; you have been given much! Are you using your ‘much’ for the glory of God? Better question…how are you using your ‘much’?”
It says this in Luke 12:48:
“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12:48 (NIV)
Over the last week or so, I have had to ask myself the question: “How am I using my much?” The answer I keep coming back to is, “not as well as I can.” So my resolve today is this, since I have been given much, I will give much. I can’t make promises for tomorrow, but I can be a steward of today. So today, in light of how much I have been given (grace, love, hope, etc.) I will give grace, love, and hope.
So, I guess the question you have to ask yourself is: what are you going to do with your much? In light of what has been given, much is required. It is not a have to, it is a “we get to!”