Resource & ResponsibilityDaily Thoughts
Psalm 16:5-6 “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance”
When reading over this verse I got a picture of all that God gives us in life, both in Resource and Responsibility. I guess this post is a continuation of the post “Given Much or Little” where I suggested that the responsibility and demand on each of our lives is in equal proportion to what he has blessed and resourced us with. Where little is given little is demanded, but where much is given much is demanded. This verse provides us with a great picture to understand this principle better. David writes that the Lord has assigned everyone their portion and their cup. These two things symbolize what is given to us in life and what is required from us in life.
Your ‘portion‘ represents what God has given you, your talents and skills, your background and experiences, your financial welfare, your relationships and opportunities….in short what your life actually looks like. It will always be a mix of highs and lows, and no doubt you may look at someone else and feel you got the scraps compared to them. Yet it is God who creates us all and plans our paths, so his requirement is in equal measure….
Attached to that ‘portion’ is your ‘cup‘. A cup represents anointing, from which you would pour oil, as we are anointed to our place of service and duty before God. This cup represents the requirement, responsibility and demand attached to your life. Remember Jesus praying “may this cup be taken from me…”. Dying on the cross for the sins of the world was the responsibility and requirement attached to Jesus’ life, even from birth.
The ‘boundary lines’ of your ‘lot’ then are what sum up these two and therefore define your life. In short it is your very identity, what God has given you and how he wants you to use it. To one there may be given very little, perhaps disability, but perhaps the only requirement on that life is be content, which is a huge witness in itself! To another there may be given a lot, perhaps leadership, but alongside that great gift comes a great demand to serve and sacrifice for others.
All then become equal, which is how David ends the phrase, that we all have a “delightful inheritance”. No matter what God has given to us or required from us in life, our inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven is equal to everyone. God rewards us according to who we are, so there is none greater and none lesser.