Much Given- Much Expected

SAM_6132Last night at the church meeting I was telling folks some of the ways God has been challenging me over the last year at RBC. It’s al based round Luke 12:48, ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded. And from the one trusted with much, much more will be expected’.

I find this verse intriguingly challenging because it moves the focus of the gifts and blessings we have received from Jesus as being purely for ourselves; instead things are given to us to help, bless and prepare others. Dig deeper and we see that even our salvation is not just for our own end game but so that others may also be saved.  Paul J Achtemeier writes, ‘We are chosen not simply for the privilege of knowing God, the joy of forgiveness and the certainty of eternal life, but also – and inextricably – to serve God’s purpose of bringing salvation to his beloved world’ .

Personally, as a Dad this has challenged me greatly; a Christian Dad told me recently, ‘I hope my children find faith, but I never talk to them about it’ I was shocked until I realised that was me, I was outsourcing my children’s spiritual growth and understanding to the youth ministry.  But If much is demanded of me, I need to take my responsibilities seriously, so I’m setting up a young lads’ discipleship group, as I take an active role in my kids’ discipleship.

But also, as a church we’ve been blessed with much but the purpose of which is to bless others. For example, our lovely buildings. I’m really pleased that we can bless the homeless of Redhill by hosting the winter night shelter next February.

We are putting on a big Christmas show this year, but not just for our enjoyment, we’re doing it to connect and invite people to Alpha – starting in the new year. We’re not running Alpha just for us or as a refresher, we’re running it so people can meet Jesus.

Even looking at our budget- we could play it safe and just cover our running costs, but that’s not the heart of Jesus’ teaching. So, with the much we’re given we want to support more local ministries and many of our ‘home grown’ missionaries.

And wait till I tell you about the idea for a Pentecost party in the park! – That will have to wait for another blog, but all I’ll say is we want to use our amazing creative, musical organisational talent in the church – to bless our town and to tell our town about the extraordinary fulfilment that comes from walking with Jesus.

There’s a lot of other exciting things I talked about last night- a new outreach team, a new street team and me joining the toddler team!

Much has been given to us, let’s start giving back.

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One thought on “Much Given- Much Expected

  1. Thanks for your honesty as ever Graham. How have we allowed ourselves to have a culture where Dads are saying “‘I hope my children find faith, but I never talk to them about it”. How different from the spirit of Joshua who declared… 14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Truth is our childrens (and our) natural sinful default is to serve other gods. We cant afford to be so complacent and so naïve. How have we allowed this culture to permeate RBC church?

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