Since MUCH is Demanded, I MUST Admit…
“… From everyone that 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)
My entire life I have heard that scripture. For the longest I equated it to be a mere cliché, considering the random people that were so quick to recite the popular verse. As I grew older, I realized that the phrase was actually words spoken by Jesus Christ himself. Although, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the true meaning for myself.
From the day I joined the EmpowerMoments team I have only aspired to be a writer for the blog and nothing more. Apparently, my Daddy had other plans because last week my sister appointed me to a temporary position in her absence. As she ran down the list of what seemed like a million detail-oriented tasks, a sudden anxiety took over. I listened to her closely, taking notes along the way but deep down I was dreading the day that I would have to carry out all of these demands.
The next day I pulled out my notebook and began reading the list of tedious tasks and I went into panic mode all over again. Even though we had spent roughly 30 minutes prepping for this moment, I still felt as if I was not prepared at all. However, there was no time for self-pity but just enough time to get it DONE! By the time I checked off the final duty I was so relieved that I didn’t know what to do with myself. But suddenly my praise party was brought to a screeching halt when I had an epiphany as to why this was so challenging…I DON’T LIKE RESPONSIBILITY!!! I don’t have kids because of the responsibility… I don’t keep up with routine maintenance on my car because of the responsibility… I cheat God of His glory because of my blatant disregard for responsibility!!!
Having to step up to the plate against my will only proved to me one more character trait that I possess that is contrary to His will. My Daddy wanted me to step up to the plate without hesitation and I did just the opposite. Who am I to request that these bountiful blessings come pouring out from above if I don’t want to be RESPONSIBLE when they fall in my lap? God has already given me so much that I didn’t deserve but I wonder why I have yet to receive the rest… There is no way that He could give me more when I am not ready to do more work for His kingdom.
I thank You for revealing my true colors. I can mask them all day but You force me to admit my shortcomings. Help me to know and understand that in order to expect an increase in my territory, I must be willing to enlarge Yours first. From now on I will recognize that it is not about me and my wants but what needs to be done for You to receive the praise and honor that You deserve. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Ladies, I encourage you to EMPOWER yourself to admit it! Admit those things that are hindering your relationship with Jesus because the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem…I did it, can you? Be Blessed Ladies!!
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17