What’s Required of Me?

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“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.” Luke 12:48b (ESV)

I’ve often heard that whisper from God.

While worshiping and praising God at a concert recently, my heart was focused on Him. Once again that whisper came. “To whom much is given, much is required.”

“What’s required, Lord?” I asked. “What does this mean?”

He spoke to my heart. “What have you been given?”

Lord, You’ve given me grace beyond measure, forgiveness for my sins, knowledge of your truth, and your everlasting love. You’ve given me physical well-being and health and you always meet my daily needs. You’ve given me opportunities to learn and grow, people who love me, and freedom to worship you. I’ve received love, joy, peace, forgiveness, grace, and truth and I’ve learned to trust you.

If you’ve been given grace, give equal grace to others.
If you’ve received forgiveness, forgive others more.
If you’ve been encouraged, be quick to encourage.
If your physical needs are met, meet the needs of those around you.
If you know the truth, share the truth.
If you are loved, then love freely.
If you are strong, help those who are weak.

I believe what’s required of me is to let all these blessings flow through me to others: to those around me who need grace, forgiveness, encouragement, a meal or daily needs.

This isn’t something I can do on Sunday morning or Tuesday evening and then I’ve met my requirement. This is a way of living.

This is an attitude, an outlook, a way of being.

It’s a change of focus: a change from focusing on me to focusing on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is abiding in His love.

I wish I could say I’m living this way every day. I hesitate to even write this because I’m so far from living this consistently. I want to live focusing on Jesus and serving Him, but I can’t do it in my strength.

Awareness is the beginning. Change comes one day at a time: one step at a time. It requires abiding in Jesus: living continually in His presence. I feel like I fail at this kind of loving. I know God loves me unconditionally and always will. I want to finish this life strong. I don’t want to have regrets. Please pray for me that I, who have been given so much, will respond in kind.

Help me take the next step, Lord.

“We must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35b (ESV)

“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” Psalm 105:4 (ESV)

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:4

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16 (ESV)

Susan Aken

Susan is a homemaker, substitute teacher and writer. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Her other loves are her husband and son (she is now an empty nester). Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church! https://susanaken53.wordpress.com/ http://susanakenphotos.wordpress.com/ http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanaken

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