Yesterday, I looked at the Ten Bridesmaids but backed up a little and read about the manager who was given charge of his master’s servants. I am going to look at that parable today along with another that is recorded in Luke 12 just before Jesus told that parable. I am looking at them together because Luke wrote them together as part of the same conversation Jesus was having with His disciples. The scene is that Jesus was talking with His disciples and a large crowd began to assemble around Him (Luke 12:1). However, this section of scripture suggests that Jesus was speaking mostly to His disciples as we see in verses 22 and then in verse 41.
In the first parable, Jesus talks of servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet. They wait up for his return so when he knocks on the door, they can open it immediately. Jesus then describes how the master will return and serve the servants. He warns the disciples that they need to be ready for His return at any point in time. In the second parable, Jesus tells of the master who leaves a manager in charge of the servants while he is away. He gives two scenarios; in the first the manager takes good care of the servants which is good for him when the master returns. In the second scenario, the manager mistreats the servants and is caught doing so by the master when he returns unannounced. The manager is then punished.
As I said in yesterday’s post, Jesus wants are faith to be active. I think of the song that Keith Green wrote called Asleep In the Light which tells of the church (the body of believers) that is serving only themselves and not seeing or doing the work God has called us to do. Please look up Matthew 25:31-48. Jesus tells his disciples this after telling the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids and the Parable of the Talents. We look at the Parable of the Talents as stewardship over what gifts we have been given; however, Jesus is painting a broader picture of stewardship. There are many people who need love and mercy and He expects us, the church, to provide those things. We are to help the poor, and to love the orphans. We are to help the widows and single parents. In Matthew 25 we see that Jesus expects us to care for everyone! Please understand that I am preaching this to myself; it is so easy to live and forget the needs around us. Jesus wants us to walk through life with our eyes open.
Church, it is time to arise and do the work that God has called us to do! If you don’t know where to start, pray and I know that God will show you the needs around you. Let's let the Spirit fill us with empowerment to do God's work! Are you asleep in the light? Please listen to this song by clicking on the following link:
Let the Church Rise by Jonathan Stockstill