Google+ 03/15/13 Lazy for Satan or Busy for God?

Luke 12:42-48

 

And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master

Can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.

I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.

But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’

And he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?

The master will return unannounced and unexpected,

And he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.

“And a servant who knows what the master wants,

But isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 

But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly.

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return;

And when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.   

 

We often quote parts of Scripture in our everyday lives, not knowing exactly where they come from or who said them in the Bible.  I rarely quote one verse of Scripture, because the context in which it was said, is usually very important.  We open ourselves up to making false statements when we simply do not read the entire Scripture passage, in order to determine its complete meaning.  Such is the case with today's Scripture.  If you have a Bible that somehow highlights the actual words of Jesus, you will discover that almost all of Luke 12 is spoken directly to the disciples by Christ.  There are two parables and four other major subjects, that Jesus explains, in this small chapter alone!  Jesus expounds on who might be considered a faithful servant and what we should expect from their actions.  Notice that our Lord tells us that the faithful or good servant is the one that does all the correct things, even when the master is not present.  Such virtuous behavior will be rewarded by the master, making the servant in charge of all the master owns.  Conversely, if the servant takes advantage of the master while he is gone, there will be NO reward.  Upon his return, the master will cut the servant into pieces and banish him to live with the unfaithful for all time.  Notice that Jesus makes provision for those of us that truly may be ignorant of what the master expects.  The provision is that the punishment is lighter!   Finally, Jesus speaks the words that we so often quote from this passage of Scripture.  Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, tells us, that when a servant is given much, that much more will be required.  When the ultimate trust has been bestowed on a servant by the master, even more will be required.  If you woke up this morning and discovered that you have more to do that you think you can handle, one of two things is bound to be true about you.  Either you are lazy and have been procrastinating and now have so much to do that you will never get it all done, or you are one of those "much is given, much is required" people.  I will not deal with subject number one, as it is not my place to judge your role in God's Kingdom.  I will only share that I evaluate my life everyday to make sure that I am productive for God.  I eliminate things that do not build the Kingdom from my every-day life, so as not to become so far behind in God's work, that I will never catch up.  Be righteously proud of being "constantly busy for God."   If we are the "good servant," we will stay out of large amounts of trouble by doing God's work.  Yes, people will criticize us "daily in the temple," but when the "master " returns, we will be put in charge of all that He owns.  Remember, the meek shall inherit the earth?  If we are the "bad servant," we will experience ultimate pain in our lives.  While the "bad" things that we do, when the "master" is not around, may seem fun at the time, they spell destruction for our eternal souls.  God will banish us to live with all the unfaithful.  So, rejoice in truly being busy for God!  "Lazy for Satan" will get old quickly, and as Jesus tells us today in our Scripture, will result in eternal separation from the "master."