by David and Stephen Olford
Text: "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Matt. 24:45-46).
Thought: In His teaching the Lord Jesus reveals what He expects of us during these days of His absence. The lesson and central emphasis is on faithfulness and responsibility in service. In describing the faithful servant the Master commends:
I. Thoughtful Service. "A faithful and wise servant" (v. 45). The idea behind that little word "wise" is that of thought and forethought, consideration and trustworthiness. By instruction and illustration the Bible lays great emphasis on the need of wisdom in serving God. Challenging those who are lazy and thoughtless, Solomon says, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise" (Prov. 6:6).
II. Thorough Service. "Meat in due season" (v. 45). Service for the Master is not to be disorganized and haphazard. On the contrary, it is to be efficiently and thoroughly planned. The figure here is of a servant planning the meals for the day and serving them promptly and proportionately, according to his master's wishes. The Apostle expresses the same thought when he says, "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Cor. 14:40).
III. Tireless Service. "Happy is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (v. 46). The Savior condemns loafers and time-wasters. He Himself was the tireless worker. He could say, "I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (John 9:4). We must ever bear in mind that time, talents, and tithes have been covered and cleansed by the atoning blood: they all belong to God and; therefore, are to be used tirelessly for Him. Paul puts it perfectly when he says, "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Eph. 5:16).
Thrust: Since we are "saved to serve" let us make sure that in the day of reckoning we merit the Master's "well done, good and faithful servant."