“Who then are the faithful and wise servants whom their master puts in charge of giving food at the right time to those who live in his house? Happy are those servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes. I assure you that he will put them in charge of all his possessions. But suppose those bad servants should say to themselves, My master won’t come until later. And suppose they began to beat their fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunks? The master of those servants will come on a day when they are not expecting him, at a time they couldn’t predict. He will cut them in pieces and put them in a place with the hypocrites. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth (Matthew 24:45-51, Common English Bible).
Yesterday we talked about the day and the hour which Jesus says nobody knows except the Father. I told you when I am asked about when I think the end will come, my standard answer leads to what I consider the most important question, “If you knew the end would come tomorrow would you live your life any differently today?”
It boils down to being ready for whenever the end may come. Things happen in this life. Bad things. And the end could come at any time. I have talked to people who say, “Matters of faith are important but I will worry about that tomorrow or next week or next year. I’m young, there will be time later.” For most people, there is time later, unfortunately, that time later always has something else getting in the way that is more important at the time. For others, those bad things happen and the end comes before they are ready.
“But suppose those bad servants should say to themselves, My master won’t come until later. And suppose they began to beat their fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunks…He will cut them in pieces and put them in a place with the hypocrites. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth”
Life in the business world can be hard and cruel. We might find ourselves thinking we must make decisions that are opposed to our faith and values. To sum it up, we live outside the law of love. We are outside what Jesus called the most important commandment, to love God and to love neighbor. What Jesus is saying in today’s lesson about beating fellow servants and eating and drinking with the drunks, we are living in a way that is in conflict with how God calls us to live.
“Happy are those servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes.” Not only will we be found fulfilling our responsibilities, we will feel fulfilled because we are living out God’s call on our lives. We are taking our call seriously and having a faithful life to show for it.
We are, as Paul said, “justified by faith” (Romans 5:1-2). We also must remember that “Faith without works is dead” James 2:17. In other words, the words we say we believe must be aligned with the living faith we demonstrate to the world. We also need to remember Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” We may be justified by faith but that faith must be alive and real. Additionally, love is always greater than faith. Without love, there is no faith.
We will be fulfilled and God will find us fulfilling our call when the end of our days come and we have served in love.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
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