A Sacred man just asked me, what is the difference between given and entrusted in the biblical sense? In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus said, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required” (12:48 NLT).

Great question. Being entrusted with something usually carries a feeling that whatever is being given has great value, and the giver is parting with something important. To give something is regular and expected. Sometimes, when something is given it's now the possession of the recipient. Contrastingly, when something is entrusted, possession stays with the original person (but not always).

As an illustration, I don't give my daughter to her babysitter, I entrust Norah to her babysitter because she is of great value, and ownership doesn't pass to the babysitter.

Contrastingly, I don't entrust a barista with my money for a latte I Just ordered... I give a barista money for the latte I just ordered because the money is now theirs (and monetary exchange is expected and regular).

So as it relates to Jesus words, we have been given with something and entrusted with other things and we are responsible for what's required of us in exchange.

So my challenge for you is to take inventory of what you have: what has God given, and what has he entrusted and what does he require in exchange?

-Pastor Josh