In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ told His disciples what to watch for leading up to His Second Coming. He made it clear that no man knows the day or hour of His return (verse 36). But He did say we should know the season of His return, even knowing when it is “at the doors” (verses 32-33).
Christ went on to show that in the lead-up to His Second Coming, some would be evil servants, while others would be faithful and wise servants.
At His return, those evil servants will be judged according to their fruits and found not to have qualified for the gift of salvation (verses 50-51). But Christ will make those faithful and wise servants “ruler over all his goods” (verse 47).
Clearly, we all want to be a faithful and wise servant. How can we do that? Christ gives us the answer!
“Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (verse 46).
Christ shows that His faithful and wise servants will be actively doing God’s Work. In verse 45, He shows that a faithful leader will be teaching “meat in due season.” This faithful and wise servant is supported in God’s Work by other faithful and wise servants.
The onus is on God’s people to support His Work. And as Christ taught, His Work will be giving meat in due season—the needed, timely message—to God’s people and to this world.
The focus of God’s Work at this time is revealed in Revelation 10:11: “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”
A faithful and wise servant will be busy supporting God’s Work when Christ returns. He will be found doing.
Sadly, many of God’s people have fallen into the category Christ described in Matthew 24:48-50. The problem with these servants is that they have taken on the attitude of “My lord delays His coming.”
That lukewarm attitude leads them to get caught up in the cares of this life. Revelation 3:17 describes their attitude as one of being rich and increased with goods. They feel they have need of nothing. But Christ says they are actually poor, blind and naked spiritually.
Christ admonishes these Laodiceans in verse 19 to be zealous and repent. They need to get back to actively obeying God and supporting His Work.
Christ is the perfect example of a faithful and wise servant. Notice the attitude He had about doing His Father’s Work.
“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). Christ knew He had to be busy doing God’s Work.
Peter records that Christ left us an example and that we should follow His steps (1 Peter 2:21). To be a faithful and wise servant, we must use the time we have to obey God and support His Work. God is preparing His faithful servants to be rulers over all His goods at Christ’s Second Coming!
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