Neglected Biblical Truths
Knowledge Brings Accountability – Part I
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:35-48
Key Verses: Luke 12:47-48 NLT
And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
The title of this month’s devotional is “Neglected Biblical Truths” because there are truths that most modern preaching and teaching do not deal with.
Some could take issue with some of these topics and deservedly so. Of course, I do not know what every church in America is preaching and teaching. Over my 40-some years in pastoring, there are truths that I have not heard much about in my reading and in visiting many churches.
Also, these may be truths that I have not given enough attention to. Please do not judge these devotionals on whether you feel that a particular truth has been neglected; instead, I hope that they bless and provide spiritual help to you as well as all who read them.
The title of today’s devotional and Key Verses address my first topic.
In Luke 12, Jesus talked to a crowd of people including His disciples. He warned everyone to be ready for when He comes back again.
Jesus also described a sensible servant as one who takes care of whatever his master gives to him, even when it may seem like the master is taking a long time to return.
Peter asked Jesus if these words were meant for His apostles as well as the crowd that was listening. Jesus does not seem to answer Peter directly but continues to warn that the master severely punishes everyone who knows what they ought to do but does not. However, a person who does not know what the master wants faces light punishment. (Luke 12:47-48)
The lesson that we might miss in this passage of scripture is that all believers are accountable for using the biblical knowledge that God gives them. As the Apostle James wrote:
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17 NLT)
Are you doing all you know you ought to do? Are you taking responsibility for the truth that God has revealed to you?
Father, please open my eyes to any area of disobedience to a known truth that I have been ignoring. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.