41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 45 But if that slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. 47 That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
There is a sense of urgency in Jesus’ words to His disciples here. How are you going to live your life? As a slacker, not really motivated in serving your master because you know he is away and can’t see what you are doing… or as a dedicated servant, living and working in such a way that the master would be proud of you at any moment he should return to see what you are doing.
It’s so easy to let yourself slide, and live life one way when you think someone is watching, and live another way when you think no one will notice. But of course, in reality, God is always watching, and clearly states here that He will reward those who are faithful, even when it seems no one is looking.
Sobering and challenging, yes, but this is also a great encouragement to keep up the good fight. Sometimes we get weary in the battle and feel like it would be easier to just give up or give in. But today I am encouraged that God is ready to reward those who are faithful. It will be good for those the master finds doing His will!
Written by Shelley Witt