“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.” Luke 12:48
When you move into a new home, there is a temptation for you to face. When you graduate with a degree, there is a spiritual danger for you to overcome. If your salary increases to six figures, there is a subtle test that you will encounter. These are all good gifts to be welcomed and celebrated, but remember, the blessing of God carries within it the subtle test of success.
This is the opposite of what we normally think. The time of your greatest spiritual danger may not be when you are sick, but when you are well. The time of your greatest testing may not be when you lose a job, but when you find one. The time when you are most likely to grow cold in your walk with the Lord is not when the stock market goes down, but when it goes up.
Remember this when you are tempted to envy those who have more than you. Don’t wish yourself into another person’s temptation. The very fact that you are envious suggests that it may be God’s grace keeping you from being exposed to such temptations.
There is a story about a man who was being headhunted by a large company. He took the job and his salary tripled overnight. Within a year he had denied his faith and left his wife and two children. Satan got him—and all it took was an increase in his salary.
C. S. Lewis put it like this: “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.”
Where does the greatest spiritual danger lie for you right now? Why?