Not Expecting or Suspecting
The Lord has answered the disciple’s questions about the destruction of the temple and the coming of the Son of Man, that is his second coming. He reinforces what he has just taught through a series of parables that will help his disciples to remain watchful. He teaches on the unexpected timing of his arrival, how it could be early, or even delayed. Please read Matthew 24:45-51, as Jesus reminds us that his delayed coming will reveal that there are two types of servants: faithful and wise and then the wicked servant. Both of these servants have been entrusted a stewardship of caring for how they manage their master’s property; involving other servants reveals their heart condition. The faithful and wise servant keeps working diligently because he knows that his master could show up at any time, sooner or later, but that servant has nothing to fear because the servant is working as unto the Lord Jesus. Through discipline and the continual process of discipleship the servant learns the fear of the Lord. Solomon wrote, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) When the master of the house returns and finds his servant faithfully managing what was entrusted to him, he will be blessed with a permanent stewardship from the master of the house. You can imagine the joy that the servant will have in his heart as his master rewards him. The second servant, the one described as wicked, keeps putting off what should be done each day. The wicked servant’s heart reveals that he has never learned the fear of the Lord and as a result, that servant lives according to the flesh and does not walk in the Spirit. The Lord teaches us through the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:16-26 how our outward actions reveal the condition of our heart. The wicked servant walks in the flesh, eating and drinking with drunkards. A result of the servant’s gluttony and drunkenness leads to abusing those entrusted to him/her. Each person has been entrusted with a stewardship over the Lord’s creation during their lifetime. Each person’s character will be revealed in how they manage what the Lord has entrusted to them. You are responsible to learn the fear of the Lord as king Solomon wrote in Proverbs 1:7. Each person is responsible in their response to the Lord Jesus Christ. A person will either repent and believe in him and learn from him through the process of discipleship or keep putting off like the wicked servant that Jesus describes in this parable. The local funeral homes are full of dead people who have died unexpectedly and have put off what they know they should have done. My cousin once told me that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unfortunately, this is true for a lot of people. You can learn from the Lord and become a wise, faithful servant.