You may be familiar with the phrases “To whom much is given, much is required” or
“From the have-not, even what he has will be taken away.” These wise sayings are actually more than cultural platitudes and offer significant wisdom and instruction for a woman who is willing to think hard about what they mean. Their origin is found here, in Biblical passage of Luke 19:22:
“He said to the servant, I will judge and condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked slave! You knew [did you] that I was a stern (hard, severe) man, picking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not put my money in a bank, so that on my return, I might have collected it with interest? And he said to the bystanders, Take the mina away from him and give it to him who has the ten minas. And they said to him, Lord, he has ten minas [already]! And [said Jesus,] I tell you that to everyone who gets and has will more be given, but from the man who does not get and does not have, even what he has will be taken away. (Luke 19:22-26 AMP)”
Something remarkable jumps out at me immediately: Do not be afraid of wealth. Do not be afraid to do well with money because the Lord’s promise is that it will be better for you than if you do not do well with it. This passage does not just apply to wealth and money, but to opportunities as well: If the Lord gives you an opportunity and you do not make the most of it, He will give that opportunity to someone else who can be trusted to use it. So too is it with the calling the Lord has given you. (Example of lost calling: Saul, when his calling was given to David)
Look at the story of the three servants that were given minas: Two invested and were blessed with success, but one was too afraid to take financial risk, lest his master come back and banish him (sending him out into the poverty that he earned with his lack of investment).
When the master returned, He delighted in the faithful servants who managed His money as if it was their very own. But He showed great disdain for the “wicked slave” who did not take ownership of the mina the Lord (Master) gave him. The slave didn’t understand the benefit it would be to him to invest and really try to grow what he had been given, so he foolishly hid it, squandering the time that it could have been earning interest.
This is what the Lord wants us to learn: When He puts a calling on us, He is giving us an opportunity to succeed. If we don’t, He will not waste any more opportunities on us! If we do, we will be given even more opportunities for greater success. Just like in the parable, no one starts with zero opportunities. Everyone has at least one. If you are a person who was only given one, you may have fewer choices in the ways you can succeed at first, but the better you use the one opportunity you have, the more opportunities you will be given.
This is the PROMISE of Jesus: To everyone who gets and has will more be given, but from the man who does not get and does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
Do not bring this upon yourself by disregarding your opportunities, talents and calling. If the Lord wants you to be a leader, be a leader or he will give your place to someone else. If He wants you to be a missionary, be a missionary! He will not save your spot for you if you are not faithful in filling it. If God brings someone into your path, you must seek to make the most of that relationship: build them up, encourage them, pray for their ailments. You don’t get infinite chances, in fact, you may only get one.
What if Moses never went to the Pharaoh in Egypt? What if King David was too shy to speak to the Philistenes? What if the Israelites were too afraid to go into the Promised Land… Oh wait… they were, and they all died in the desert!
Let’s make the most of what we’ve been given!