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? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 24:45-51)
Today we look at how a servant should act when they are put in charge of other servants. We see this person has a responsibility to care for the people that they are over. We see this person is faithful when the master returns they will be put in charge of all his possessions. If they are not faithful and the servant wastes his time thinking the master will never return, he will be punished.
It’s important to understand how to correctly apply this parable. This is not a parable about a Christian who can either steward God’s resources well or else they will be punished when Christ’s return. It’s about how all people must make a choice to either put their faith in God or not. There will be a time when Jesus Christ returns, and we will be judged for how we live our faith. Followers of Christ are not afraid of the second coming. We know that at judgment day we will experience God’s grace and be welcomed into his kingdom.
This parable should be a strong warning for us and how we should live our life. We see that God will reward or punish all people. This should cause us to live a life that is obedient and consistent with the Word of God. Our lives should be consistent because we do not know when God is going to return. When he arrives unexpectedly we want to be caught being obedient to his teachings. This should also encourage us to want to share our faith with people we know. There is a judgment day coming for all of humanity. We want to spare other people experiencing the final separation from God. How are you living life? Do you know people that need to experience the goodness of God?