Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Knowing God - Matthew 24:45

(from Pastor)
"Who then is the faithful and wise slave,
whom his master has put in charge of his household,
to give the other slaves their allowance of food
at the proper time?
Matthew 24:45
Today's verse is from a parable, of course. But try answering the question before knowing the rest of the story ... What makes The Master's servant wise and faithful?
We know, from this verse, that The Master put him in charge of His house. We also know that the servant doled out food at the proper time. Therefore, is taking care of the master's house and being a good steward of his property the defining characteristic of wisdom? Is doing your chores and feeding his children the hallmark of faithfulness? 
The answer is yes. Wisdom is being a good steward of all that The Master entrusts to us, and faithfulness is meeting the physical and -- more importantly -- the spiritual hungers of others. But there's one more piece of this ...
In the next verse, Jesus says, "Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives."
It's not talking about it ... it's not thinking about it ... it's not planning and plotting and analysis and paralysis ... it's not an intellectual, "yes, that would be a very good thing to do" ... faithfulness is just plain doing it. It's getting our hands dirty. It's taking a risk.
What are you doing that's bold and risky and hands-on to care for the spiritually hungry people among and around us?
In Christ's Love,
a slave
-- not always wise ...
not always faithful ...
but learning to submit

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