Neglected Biblical Truths
Knowledge Brings Accountability – Part II
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.
Continuing our study about knowledge and accountability, let’s look at what the Apostle John wrote:
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NLT)
The comparison of light and darkness is a familiar theme in the Bible. When we have light, we no longer struggle with darkness; in our spiritual lives, God gives His light to us so that we know what is true and what is false:
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. (1 John 1:6)
God holds us accountable for the truth or knowledge that He gives us. If we choose to ignore it, God severely punishes us, as our Key Verses make clear.
Since God knows the truth or knowledge that we know, He is the only one qualified to judge. That is why the Bible is so clear about us not trying to judge another person:
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1-2 NLT)
Why shouldn’t someone else judge you? Because someone else does not know the truth or knowledge that God has revealed to you and by which you should therefore live. This “light” or “knowledge” is not simply whether you have heard about a truth, but rather whether God pressed it upon you to be obedient to that truth.
For example, some people feel convicted that they should never drive over the speed limit. I know that there are speed limits, but God has never convinced me to strictly adhere to speed limits. That Christian whom God has convinced about speed limits might be tempted to judge me, but they do not know what truths God has spoken to me about.
To summarize these first two devotionals, we are accountable for the truths God has impressed upon us, even if other believers can see no harm in it.
Father, I am open to any truth You want me to know and live out in my life. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.