Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 21, 2018

Much Required

1 Corinthians 4:2 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Luke 12:48 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. 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. (NIV)

Until we look at these verses we might be amazed and wondering why so many famous and supposedly successful ministers fall by the wayside.  We must look at their lifestyle.  They pride themselves on their rich houses, clothing and success.  The more they taste of the success that allows much material goods, the more they seek after it.  They soon forget that all their success is only from the grace of God, not from their own doing.  Look at Moses.  He forgot it was God Who supplied the water out of the rock and claimed he, himself could hit a rock and get water.  For that act he was denied entrance to the promised land.  Success, in the eyes of the world, is a hard thing to handle for most people.  We equate it with our worth as a person.  We tend to take pride in our becoming valuable as a person to others.  We tend to push God further and further from us.  We must take great care to honor and thank God for each and everything we accomplish for, without the ability He gives us and the wisdom He gives us, we would not be able to accomplish anything of value.  God has the wisdom to know how much “success” we can handle with humility.  Let’s not push the limits.  Let’s be thankful for what God gives us and acknowledge with humility and true meaning that, apart from God, we can do nothing.  Let us also pray for those who, through their ministry, are held up in front of others as being “great,” that they will not fall into to the temptations that fame and popularity can bring.  Let us all strive to prove ourselves faithful to God, recognizing who we are and Who He is.

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