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The Parable of The Wise and Faithful Servant

Matthew 24:45-51

Here too, Jesus is sharing about His second coming. Matthew 24:44 says “Therefore you also be ready for the son of man. He is coming at an hour that you do not expect. ”

And the parable: Matthew 24:45-51reads: “Who then is a 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.”

This sound horrific! Will Jesus really cut someone in two? I believe there are people who genuinely think that they will be accepted by God. When they find themselves left behind all their dreams will be cut into two: they will emotionally be cut into pieces. Jesus is going to send the angels to reap the earth. He said in Matthew 24:37-41 - it would be just like in Noah’s time when the people were partying and the flood came suddenly. So it will be with the coming of 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! Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. If we knew when a thief was planning to enter our house we would be on guard. In the same way we are to be ready for Jesus!

After Jesus finished the parable of the wise and faithful servant, He taught on the ten virgins, where half of them missed out on what Jesus wanted to give them because of inadequate preparation. Our Lord then went on to teach about two people who doubled their talents as compared to the one servant who did nothing with what was entrusted to him. Jesus also proceeded to teach about the sheep and the goats, the people who fed the hungry, poor, and homeless; looked after the sick, and visited those in prison and the people who failed to do any of these things.

Jesus had an amazing way of going from parable to parable. He had a way of saying something—then further saying it, then further saying it, then further saying it. Andrew Wommack also explains a point in four or five different ways until you get it. If you catch his point the first time around, he just reinforces the truth four different times in different ways with different illustrations. Jesus Christ is the same. Personally, I need that type of repetition for my pre-set mind to eventually get the drift!

Jesus is again talking about going away, leaving the earth and then coming again with His angels to harvest, and now He is speaking about servant-hood again. Every Christian is to be a wise and faithful servant who is left in charge while the Master is away. We are to administer the gifts and the talents that God gives us. Jesus goes further into the talents parable and says that you are not a faithful servant if you were given talents, but don’t apply them. He says that you are a goat if you have gifts, talents, abilities and resources, yet you do not share with the broken hearted. So you are not faithful, if you don’t share. You are not faithful if you don’t apply your talent, and you are not faithful if you don’t live the Christian life in such a way that you have your oil or lamp continually 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. He is a hypocrite, he might sit in church each week and do his religious thing, but in his free time, he acts like all his unsaved friends.

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 have continual choices every day! We are given the precious resources of time, money, talents and opportunity. If we are squandering all of God’s blessings, then 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 television watching useless programs, or spend our resources on things not really profitable for us or anybody else, we have just wasted our money.

Opportunities come and go, make sure you use your opportunities to create eternal value. This world is passing away and only the things done for eternity have any substance. We cannot recall time and live it different. God’s top priority has always been in relationships: vertical and horizontal! He is more concerned about our character than our personal comfort. When we desire His character, every project we undertake will make a positive difference to the lives of others. Self gratification is an unwise use of resources.

Many people will look at this and say, “Well I don’t hurt other people, like the evil servant in the parable.” 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 master’s household: he had people answering to him. You might say to yourself, “Well I don’t have 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 other goods we consume, 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 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 is a thing called Fair Trade. There is a way that you can buy things fair trade, which means the people that make the goods have not been abused in any way and they have been paid a fair wage for their work. That is one way you could be a wise servant.

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 help our neighbor and just live a lavish Western lifestyle—we must think twice. I may live on a pension, but I enjoy a good lifestyle compared to someone in the third world. Two-thirds of the world lives on less than two dollars a day. So, even people on a pension: 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 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 are meant to be servants of His household: we are to be an example. We are meant to benefit others, as well as to enjoy life.

If you want to be faithful, then be faithful with the time that you have. Share your time doing things that are profitable and share your resources with the poor. This is being a wise and faithful servant.

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