“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. 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 12:47,48
As we have been learning about dying to our flesh, we now know that we have to crucify our need for adoration, for glory, for safety, and for satisfaction. Why? Because there’s only One who can satisfy, One who can keep us safe, and One deserving of glory and adoration — His Name is Jesus. When you crucify your selfishness for His Name’s sake, you don’t become a weakling or a doormat, you become a rock!
Now, you may wonder why this is so important to your walk with God and to your effectiveness as a believer? It’s because you need big faith to do big things for His Kingdom. However, He won’t be able to give you a measure of that miracle-working faith until your flesh is crucified. Great faith is a great responsibility, and if you are not mature in Jesus, you can potentially use that gift to harm others. You may have the faith to move a mountain, but if you are not grown-up in the Lord, you might throw that mountain at your enemy. Faith in Jesus carries great power — it heals, it moves the immovable, and it does all kinds of miracles, but it’s not about our glory or about making us spiritual giants — it’s always about Him!
Friend, crucifying your fleshly desires and passions primes you to carry the Kingdom of Heaven a world that is desperately in need. When you put Jesus on the throne of your heart and keep Him there, you are positioned to be a vessel of His restorative, redemptive, and transformative power. Dethroning yourself makes you strong and mighty in Him, and that’s the best possible place to be!
Jesus, I ask that you would make me a good steward of your miracle-working faith. I want to be like you so that I can carry more of your healing presence to the world.
Do you believe that great faith requires great responsibility? What fleshly passion might be standing in the way of you being entrusted with a deposit of this miracle-working power?