~ I made some additions to my previous post, (1) More or Less ~ Theological Background such that the post grew too long. So I am doing a cut and paste job and reposting here.
Possible Illustration – The Job Interview
~ Lets say you are applying for a job as a museum curator or something like that, where you will be taking care of priceless Ming Vases. So when your interviewer tells you about the vases and asks you whether you can in fact take up a job where you will be handing such you say
“Well. I have scrupulously handled far lesser things – ordinary vases – with great care and attention. And since that has been the case, how much more will I take care of the Ming Vase.
~ Lets say you are applying for a job as a museum curator or something like that, where you will be taking care of ordinary vases, and the interviewer acknowledges that they are ordinary but then asks if you can still handle them well. You answer,
“Well. I have scrupulously handled something far greater than this with great success, namely Ming Vases, so how much more am I capable of taking care of these vases.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much …” ~ Luke 16:10
(And it goes without saying that if you can be trusted with much, you can be trusted with little.)
One more verse has now come to mind
“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 12:48
I had a friend who once had a really rough medical school interview. He came from a very well to do family and just had a lot of things put in place for him. In addition, his father was a big-shot who was very well known in his community. The guy who was interviewing him knew about all this and sort of had it out against him for that reason. And at one point during the interview, he basically told him that “Unlike many other candidates, you come from a position of advantage. You have had it all. So why should we let you in?” Something like that.
My friend had no answer. I think the question was actually unfair, but I don’t want to get into that right now. Suffice it to say that the guy would have had a really good answer if he knew Luke 12:48. He basically could have said something like the following:
“Yes. I understand that. I do not deny any of that. I realize that I have been born with many advantages that very many other people have not. However I also think that if the demands on me were greater, then I have no complaints and fully expect to meet them. In fact, perhaps the demands on me should be greater. In any event, due to my background, I intend to work that much harder and produce that much more, etc.”
~ Something like that. I am not giving a clean-cut crisp answer. However you get the idea.