“And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more” (Luke 12:47-48).
Among theologians, a frequent topic of discussion is the plight of the pagan—what they know regarding God, the Gospel, and how they will be judged in eternity. Based upon today’s text, the greater concern seems to be not what the pagan knows but what do I know, and what am I doing with the knowledge I have. Am I being transformed by the gospel and the working of the Spirit? Am I laboring in every facet of my life to be obedient to the teachings of God’s word? Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in my life? If not, my fate is far worse than that of the pagan.