Sunday 14 September, 2014

Matthew 24:45-51

45 “Suppose a master puts one of his servants in charge of the other servants in his house. The servant’s job is to give them their food at the right time. The master wants a faithful and wise servant for this. 46 It will be good for the servant if the master finds him doing his job when the master returns. 47 What I’m about to tell you is true. The master will put that servant in charge of everything he owns. 48 “But suppose that servant is evil. Suppose he says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time.’ 49 Suppose he begins to beat the other servants. And suppose he eats and drinks with those who drink too much. 50 The master of that servant will come back on a day the servant doesn’t expect him. He will return at an hour the servant does not know. 51 Then the master will cut him to pieces. He will send him to the place where pretenders go. There people will sob and grind their teeth.

The key words in this parable of Jesus are diligence and faithfulness. Jesus encourages his disciples to “keep ready at all times.” To make it perfectly clear he goes on to give them three parables which explain one word, “Watch!” The first is the parable of the household. In it Jesus describes the characteristics of His kingdom. Through the parable, he conveys the need for compassion and discernment in ministering to each other. There will be barriers to be overcome, good times and bad, but we are to obey the teaching of Jesus by maintaining a diligent and faithful attitude.

In other words, Christ wants us to exercise love to each other. He tells us that we should be faithful in keeping the second of the two great commandments: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). It also reminds us that whoever is entrusted with a ministry must perform it faithfully, prepared at all times to account for what he has done. It also leads on to the teaching of Paul when he encourages us to let the Holy Spirit grow his fruit in us – two aspects of that fruit are patience and faithfulness.

We praise and honour you Father that you have made provision for us to grow more and more like Jesus in faithfulness. Thank you for the certainty that Jesus Christ will return. Let this always be the motivation in all our service to others. We ask you Holy Spirit to continuously develop diligence and patience within us in our ministry to others.

Written by Keith Bennett

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