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The Parable of The Wise and Faithful Servant Made Simple

Matthew 24:45-51

Hello, this is Matthew Robert Payne. In the parable of the Wise and Faithful Servant, Jesus is sharing about his second coming. Matthew 24:44 says “Therefore you also be ready for the son of man. He’s coming at an hour that you do not expect.

“Who then is faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.  Assuredly, I say to you he will make him ruler over all his goods.  But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to start beating his fellow servants, and to eat with the drunkards, the master of the servant will come on a day he is not looking for him and an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus, when he was sharing this parable, was talking about the second coming. He said when lightning strikes from east to the west so shall the son of man comes; he’s going to send the angels to reap the earth. He said it would be just like in Noah’s time when they were partying and the flood came suddenly. So it is with the son of man: two men will be in the field, and one will be taken. Two women will be grinding and one will be taken. And then after he spoke of these things he went on to share the parable of the wise and faithful servant.

After Jesus finished the parable of the wise and faithful servant, he talked about the ten virgins where five were caught without oil. And when the bride groom was delayed, five were caught without enough preparation to sustain themselves until the groom came.

Following this, Jesus went on to talk about the two people who duplicated their talents as compared to the one servant who did nothing with what was entrusted to him. He also proceeded on to talk about the sheep and the goats, the people who fed the hungry and the poor, who took in the homeless, looked after the sick, and visited those in prison.

Jesus has an amazing way of going from parable to parable. He’s got a way of saying something… then further saying it, then further saying it, then further saying it. I know a good teacher called Andrew Wommack; he’ll explain a point in five different ways until you get it. If you get his point in the first way he explains it, he just reinforces the point four different times in different ways with different illustrations. Jesus Christ is the same.

Jesus is talking about his second coming. He’s talking about going away, leaving the earth and then coming again with his angels to harvest. And now he is speaking about the wise and faithful servant. They’re in the master’s charge. So we as Christians are these servants. Now, if we’re wise and faithful, then we administer the gifts and the talents that God gives us. Jesus goes further into the talents parable and says that you’re not a faithful servant if you were given talents but don’t apply them. He says further that you’re a goat if you have got gifts, talents, abilities and resources yet you don’t share with the broken hearted. So you’re not faithful if you don’t share, you’re not faithful if you don’t apply your talent and you’re not faithful if you don’t live the Christian life in such a way that you’ve got your oil or lamp burning.

On the other hand, the unwise or evil servant is the one who is entrusted with the goods of the Kingdom but abuses that honor.

Now how could they be abusive? What is the practical application of this evil servant? What differentiates the wise and faithful servant from the evil one? Well, it says here that the evil servant begins to beat his fellow servants and eat and drink with the drunkards.

During the time of Noah, people were eating and drinking and giving in marriage when the judgment of God came upon the whole earth. In fact, Jesus mentioned Noah in the previous discourse.

We’ve got a choice in this world. We’re given the precious resources of time and money. If we’re not sharing our time, if we’re squandering our time, money or our talents, we are not measuring up. If for instance, we go to work to earn our money and yet we squander our time in front of the TV or spend our resources on things that don’t profit the Kingdom of God or don’t really profit us but just keep us from being bored, then this is a waste of time and money. This is an unwise use of resources

Many people will look at this and say, “Well I don’t hurt other people,” like what the parable says. This is true, you might not be abusing other people, but you could be neglecting those who are being abused’

You know, this wise servant is in charge of his whole household. So he had people answering to him. You might say to yourself, “Well I haven’t got people answering to me. I’m not in charge. I’m not abusing anyone.”

Well you may be surprised that our chocolate, coffee and many of our goods come from farms overseas. Many of these workers are slaves. Men come from African villages where young children are told a lie. They are told that they are being hired to have a good job, an opportunity to earn an income for their families. But they are then taken to another part of Africa, have their passport stolen and they are forced by violence to work for no wages from sun up to sun down every day of the week.

Many of our goods are bought from the third world countries where people are working for pitiful amounts of money. We are living off the fact of other people’s hurt. Many of us are buying things cheap in this world not knowing that we are living off the backs of people who are being abused.

There’s a thing called Fair Trade. There’s a way that you can buy things fair trade, which means the people that made the goods or service haven’t been abused in any way. That is one way you could be a wise servant.

There are so many people Jesus talks about in the parables. In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus shows how we can give out food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty and clothes to the homeless and naked. If we fail to do these; if we just live a rich lavish Western lifestyle, we must think twice. I may even live on a pension but enjoys a good lifestyle compared to someone in the third world. Two-thirds of the world lives on less than $2 a day. So even people on a pension, even people on a social security benefit in the West earn a lot more money and have a better lifestyle than most people overseas.

People may respond that they are not sitting down and drinking with drunkards and therefore are not the wicked servants.

But what do drunks do? They drink for pleasure and to forget about the hard life that they have had. We can be similar in the way that we buy things in the West. We are constantly spending our money on things that bring us pleasure. We are happy for a time with our new toy but then the pleasure of the new purchase fades and we are off to do shopping again to get another fix. Just like a drunk, we are drunk with buying things of no profit to God and His Kingdom.

God loves us and He sent Jesus to teach us these things. Jesus is in heaven but He is watching. We’re meant to be servants of the household to be an example, we’re meant to share and not squander our resources and our time. They are meant to benefit other people. If you wanna be faithful, then be faithful with the time that you have. Sharing your time doing things that are profitable and sharing your resources with the poor is being a wise and faithful servant

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