A lot of sayings sound like Bible verses. Stuff like “God helps those who help themselves,” “to thine ownself be true,” “charity begins at home.” None of that’s in the Bible.
Then there’s “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
It’s been quoted by presidents and politicians. And it actually is a Bible verse (in today’s Gospel).
One of the scarier ones, if you think about what it really means.
Think about all of the gifts you’ve been given. Your skills and abilities. The things come easily for you. Things you do well. Even material wealth.
They’re not just yours.
Don’t get me wrong, you have them. You’re the one in control of what you do with them.
But those gifts are no accident. You don’t have them for no reason. Or just for your own enjoyment.
God gave them to you for a purpose. To give them away. To help others.
The point of “to whom much is given, much is expected” is that – just like the servants in the parable of the talents – we will give an account to God of what we did with the gifts God gave us.
Which means that you and I need to be asking ourselves if we’re really ready to tell God about what we did with what we were given.