“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, NIV)


The harsh images of this passage remind us of three important things about accountability: Knowing, being, and doing.
First, we are to know the Master’s will.  As we are instructed in 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to show ourselves approved of God, a workman who need not be ashamed.”  Second, we are to be in the state of readiness.  Third, we are to do our duty in obedience to our Master’s will.  To know, to be, or to do otherwise invites rebuke.

Be diligent in both the acquisition of the tools of discipleship — and in the use of those tools for the glory of God — so that when the Master returns, you may have reason for great joy when called to give an accounting of your stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.   – Luther
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