Luke 12:35-48 (ESV)
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
This passage makes God look like He is mean when you first look at it. Then when you realize how much God has done for those to whom He was speaking, and especially His twelve disciples, it starts looking a bit different.
When I think of this passage, I always want to be one of the faithful servants. I want to be about my Lord’s business. Yet when I close the Book and I am just doing my job, or living life, I frequently fail to think of this. I sometimes find myself doing things my way, or thinking of what I think is best for me, instead of thinking about God and His way.
So how do we apply this to our lives in such a way that we will keep it ever before us? The Jews were supposed to write the Law on paper, and wear it on their foreheads, put it on their doorposts, and continually meditate on it, yet many of them missed the boat.
When my wife and I went to Israel, we bought a Mezuzah, which is a parchment scroll in a small decorative box to be placed on the door post. The scroll has Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” on it. You are supposed to kiss your hand and place your hand on it as you enter and leave the house, to remind you that God’s Law is holy and wonderful. It is supposed to bring to mind the law of the Lord in your comings and goings. So we put one on our doorpost. I rarely remember even to do this little thing.
In reality, it probably is not a big thing, and probably would not make a difference, but if I pause for just a moment to do this, maybe it would. Maybe it would remind me to keep God’s Law more present in my life. I want to be that servant that is commended by the Lord when He returns: “Well done, My good and faithful servant...”
What will you do?
by Virgil Stripes