And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. “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. Luke 12:42-48 In Isaiah 5:1-4, prophet Isaiah told the story of a man with a vineyard on a fertile hill. The man cultivated and cleared the ground so that nothing would hinder the vines’ growth. He planted only the best quality vines. He built a tower in the middle of the vineyard so he could watch for wild animals and intruders. He anticipated having a harvest of sweet grapes (vv. 2, 4). Then he waited. Rather than producing good grapes, however, the vineyard produced worthless ones. The story illustrates the relationship between God and His people. God has done everything needed so that His children will manifest a life reflecting their Father who is in heaven. He wants them to produce a richness of spiritual fruit in their lives (see Gal. 5:22-23). He saved them when they were without hope and let them be led by His Holy Spirit. He forgave them of their sin so that they will be free to serve Him. This is what God has done to those that received Him as Lord and Savior. You have access to wealth of resources that could help you to be the person God wants you to be. You have an access to His word, the Bible in numerous translations. There are readily available Christian books, music, videos, conferences, schools, radio and television stations, magazines, and seminars than ever before. There are churches of every kind and size. You have teachers and pastors to instruct you and encourage you in your spiritual life. Most of all, you have a direct access to God through prayer. Knowing all these and more, Jesus said that to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). God will hold you accountable for all that He has done for you and provided. He wants you to grow so you could show Him the fruit of all of His bountiful provision for your life. What will He find? “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2).