Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wise Servant


42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,' 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:42-51, New International Version

Wise Servant

There is more to being a servant than just being a servant! Jesus gives a contrast in today's Bible passage from Matthew 24 between a wise servant and a foolish servant. As servants of Christ, this is a lesson we would do well to heed.

A short statement by Christ preludes this lesson.

If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

We often express this same truth by saying, "Hindsight is always 20/20."? What kind of a Christian life do we live? Are we ready for the Lord's return, or do we become lax in our daily living because we view the return of Christ as a long time in the future? This is a most serious question for us to consider.

Our chief focus in this life, as Christians, is our service to the Lord. No matter what our station in life and no matter what our circumstances, God has placed us right where we are to be a faithful and wise servant to Him. As wise servants of God, we are actually ministers to everyone we are around each and every day of our lives.

Let us, this day, be faithful and wise servants to the Lord. Let us live as though He will return this very day and seek an accounting of our service to Him. This is only possible by the grace of God; call to Him for help today and He will hear you.

God Bless You,
Linda



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