“From everyone who 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
All Christians will one day stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
The bema, another name for the Judgment Seat of Christ, will be an assessment of how we lived our lives on Earth. Remember, the bema isn’t to determine our standing before God. This is not an evaluation of our salvation. It’s an analysis of what we did with the Gospel and how it played out in our daily lives.
Tropical Storm Imelda has caused quite a stir in Texas. Due to the immense amount of flooding in the Houston area, businesses are opening their doors to assist those in need, including Lakewood Church.
The popular megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen announced on social media that “Lakewood Church is open to anyone in need of assistance because of the flooding. We are located at 3700 SW Freeway. Lakewood Church is open now.”
Back in 2017, Lakewood Church was accused of not opening its doors immediately to help those needing shelter during Hurricane Harvey. Pastor Osteen said the church was never actually closed and that it would have helped anyone needing assistance. In fact, the church’s own issue with flooding caused a delay in its availability to helps others.
Pastor Joel Osteen has been given a lot. Everything that anyone has is a gift that God has bestowed upon them in order to be a wise steward. Today’s Bible quote serves as a warning that a person’s responsibility is in proportion to what they possess.
In the context of Lakewood Church, God has blessed them for one reason or another. To not open their doors to assist those that are less fortunate would be a direct violation of today’s verse. God often blesses people so that they can bless others—a picture of the Gospel.
If God has blessed you with the acumen for business, athletic ability, financial gain, or an influential platform, use it for His glory. God does not live in a realm of arbitrary circumstances. Everything that He does has a purpose and we are blessed to be a part of it.
The phrase “I have so much money, I don’t know what to do with it” is often thrown around. It can apply to other things as well. “I have so much influence, I don’t know who to impact next,” or “I have so much time, I don’t know how to spend it.”
As Christians, we have a biblical response to this sentiment—use it for Christ. There’s a reason God blesses many of us with more than we deserve. He wants us to “pay it forward” so that others may enjoy and benefit as a result of our obedience.