Summary: Jesus entrusted us as His servants to do His work and be obedient to the truth we’ve received. If He came today, what kind of servant would you be?
The Misery of Spiritual Mismanagement
by David O. Dykes
According to Luke 12:40-48, Jesus is telling us we are all to be managers of important resources. Some people do a good job, and others are poor spiritual managers. Which kind are you?
Beginning in verse 35, Jesus warns His disciples to be ready for His return. Then in verse 40, He says,
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us or to everyone?” The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manger, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants 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 is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
“That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. For everyone who has been give much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
In this parable, Jesus is the Master who has returned to heaven, but one day He is coming again. We are the servants who have been entrusted by Him to do His work. Jesus is coming back, and He if came today, what kind of servant would you be? First, let’s look at
I. THE MARKS OF A GOOD SERVANT
In verse 42 Jesus asks the question, “Who is the faithful and wise manager?” Then He proceeds to answer His own question. Look at the two qualities of a faithful and wise servant:
1. A good manager of God’s resources.
The Master has left each servant with some resources and has left Him in charge of a certain job. If you are a believer, Jesus has done the same for you. Everything good in your life has come as a gift from God. But it’s not yours to own it’s only yours to manage. You may disagree, and say, “That’s not so! I own a piece of property, my name is on the deed, I paid for it. That’s why they call it REAL estate–and it’s mine to do with as I please!” Okay, if you think you own it, then I want to see you come back in a thousand years and claim it. You don’t own it; you are only allowed to “manage” it for a few years, like the previous “owner” and the “owner” before that! The question the Master will ask you when He returns is “Have you been a good manager of the resources I gave you?”
Let me give you three areas for you to consider if you are being a good manager. First, are you being a good manager of your