The Daily Word of Righteousness

Matthew, Chapter Twenty-four, #2

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? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose servant is wicked and says to himself, "My master is staying away a long time," and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 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. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51)

Faithful stewardship.

You know, most of the warnings found in the four Gospel accounts have to do with the Lord's servants, that is, with the believers. We are told here that if we are not faithful in the responsibilities given to us we are going to suffer in the Day of Christ.

In fact, we may suffer before the Day of Christ if the Lord suddenly demands that we give an account for the way we have responded with that which has been entrusted to us.

It is surprising to me that the reward the Lord holds out for faithful service has to do with being put in charge of the Lord's possessions. It is clear a major purpose of the Church Age has been to identify, train, and evaluate leaders so the roles of responsibility in the Kingdom of God may be properly filled.

So I guess our traditional understanding that our reward for serving the Lord will not be, as we may have supposed, an eternity of lying in our mansion doing nothing of significance.

If we are tired and need to take a rest, we better do it before the Lord returns. (from Matthew, Chapter Twenty-four)