Great Power=Great Responsibility

By: Peirce Jordan

“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

-Luke 12:48b

I’ve seen that verse misused. Some claim that it means if you have more money, then you should pay more for taxes or something similar. I don’t think that’s right or biblical. Maybe it’s just because I’m a nerd, but when I see that verse, I tend to think of a familiar creed: “With Great Power, there must also come Great Responsibility.”

Wait a minute though, I’m a college student. How does this affect me? I don’t have great power. I’m going to have a zillion loans when I get out of here. So how do that verse and the rest of the parable from Luke 12:35-48 have anything to do with me? The parable is important to all believers, but sometimes, we think that the lesson it teaches doesn’t apply to us, especially when we’re poor, college kids.

The parable is about servants being ready for their master to return. Doesn’t that sound like the situation we live in today? And the parable ends with the part of the verse I quoted. God gave us all tremendous power: salvation. If we don’t already feel like sharing it, then we have the responsibility to do so anyway! And that’s not the only gift God has shared. There are the talents we are born with and the spiritual gifts we are endowed with when the Spirit enters us. That’s a lot of power.

So what do we do with all of these gifts we’ve been given? We’re college students… “Use them to further the Kingdom and glorify God” would be my generic response. But I’ll give some examples: write the best paper you can, practice your instrument (properly) so you can play your best, study and do your homework before the last minute. And when it all comes down to that point where you don’t think you have enough, remember that God’s always there, and He’s willing to provide more strength. Go and live up to your responsibility.

Any other ideas of how to live up to our responsibility? Need help living up to it yourself? Leave a comment.


One thought on “Great Power=Great Responsibility

  1. Sometimes the sense of compelling to ‘do more’ is daunting, especially if one feels he/she doesn’t have much to offer. As you say, each believer has gifts of and from the Spirit, borne out of an infinite supply. The trick is opening the windows of one’s soul enough to allow others to look in and see Jesus being painstakingly revealed, one tiny ‘Yes,” at a time. love that you tackled this topic

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