Much Given–Much Required

Last week I took one of our members to view the new construction. Because of what he is doing, he definitely needed to see the building first-hand in order to get a feel for the size and scope of the work. The word he used more than any other was “amazing.”

When I took Martha (my wife) through the building, her word was “wow.”

I can’t wait for you to see the building as well. We hope to set up those kinds of tours in the near future (safety is the real issue). I believe you are going to be amazed as well.

By the way, I’ve told Martha that each time I go through the building I get a strange feeling. While I am not good about describing feelings, I believe how I feel is a mix of humility and responsibility.

It’s related to what Jesus said: To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).

God has trusted you and me with a new building that is catching the imagination of the community. How will we respond?

God has given us much; He is requiring much.

Like you, I want to be found faithful. Because of God’s favor you and I will get to explain the Gospel to those who join with us in prayer and praise.

I want to remind you that the new people who join with us for worship or the children’s playground, or just a cup or water will judge the church and the Gospel by the first person they meet.

We must feel and appropriate within us this responsibility. As Jesus said, we have been given the keys to the kingdom of heaven. As we preach and share the Gospel, people will be saved. As we remain silent or unconcerned, people will remain far away from God (Matthew 16:19).

God wants all of us to have a ministry and a mission. He wants us to be His ambassadors as we help our community to know Him.

Much has been given to you and me–much will be required.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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