Accountable Before God
To whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Luke 12:48, nkjv
When Annas the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching (John 18:19), Jesus answered directly, “I have spoken openly to the world . . . I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said” (John 18:20–21, niv).
Jesus confronted Annas with the awesome principle that God holds people accountable, not just for what they have heard or know, but for what they have hadopportunity to hear and know. And in America, with churches on every corner, with religious radio broadcasts, with Christian television programming, with evangelistic crusades and festivals and services and movies, America has enormous accountability before God!
It doesn’t matter if you have ever tuned in to or listened to or read or participated in any of the above. You and I have had the opportunity to do so, and for that we will be held accountable by God.
Just Give me Jesus, (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2000).
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