TEXT: Matthew 24:45-51
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
— PRAYER —
Keeping the House Till the Lord Comes, Part 5
Oswald Chambers said, “The only way to wait for the Second Coming is to watch that you do what you should do, so that when Jesus comes is a matter of indifference. It is the attitude of a child, certain that God knows what He is doing.”
Over the past three message, we have talked about the importance of being faithful stewards of the Lord’s house and what that entails for us personally, for our families, and for the body of Christ. Following His exhortation to be like the “goodman of the house” who would have been prepared had he known a thief might break in, Jesus reveals that there are rewards for those who are faithful stewards and punishment for those who are unfaithful stewards.
Alfred Plummer wrote in his commentary, “This parable is more complete than the first. It gives the blessedness of the watchful servant as well as the dreadful fate of the one who dares to treat uncertainty about the time of the Master’s return as equivalent to certainty that He will not return soon. And it is more complete in another way as well. The goodman of the house could not be certain that the thief would come at all; he had to be on his guard against an attack that was only probable. However, the servant of the Lord is certain that the Master will return; the only doubt is as to the time. That is the case with the Christian.”
This second parable of Jesus begins with a question: “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” In some way, our Lord has made each of us a “ruler” over some aspect of His house. We each have a sphere of influence that He will hold us accountable for, some area that we are to supply with spiritual “meat” just as a men and women work to supply physical food for those in their houses. Jesus is not asking if there are any servants whom He has given rulership to. He is asking if there are any “faithful and wise” servants.
We are automatically servants and rulers as followers of Christ. Jesus’ question implies that it is our responsibility to be “faithful and wise.” The Greek word translated as “faithful” means “persons who show themselves trustworthy in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties.” It also means “one who can be relied on.” A question we must ask ourselves is, “Can the Lord rely on me?”
The Greek word translated as “wise” means “intelligent, prudent, and mindful of one’s interests.” A wise person is “thoughtful, sagacious, discreet, and has a cautious character.” We must be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” in this treacherous, twisted, and tumultuous world. There are many who say they are servants of the Lord. But the Lord is looking for those who will faithfully keep His house and use wisdom in their dealings.
Beatrice Bixler wrote:
The Christ I love is coming soon,
It may be morning, night, or noon;
My lamps are lit, I’ll watch and pray;
It may be tomorrow, but it could be today.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.