Jesus is King, therefore real life is found in serving him, not being served.
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”
42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 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.
47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Jesus tells these parables to his disciples as he’s heading to Jerusalem to be crowned King of God’s Kingdom. He’s telling his disciples to get ready for that. There’s a real sense of urgency here – when Jesus came to Jerusalem and died on the cross, no one was expecting God’s King. Those who rejected him found themselves under judgement and those who’d been following him were welcomed in.
When I read this story, I’m struck by how complacent I can often be when it comes to the cross of Jesus. Although I know Jesus is King and I live to serve him, I give a lot of my time and effort to being served by stuff in the world – not to mention by other people. I’m putting my trust in those things rather than in the King, as if he isn’t there.
This story points us to remember that now the Son of Man has come and is seated on his throne… real life is found in him and not in amassing a good life without him. Verse 42 suggests that the life of trusting in Jesus the King will look like concern for others. Seeing the things he’s given us as not belonging to us, to indulge for ourselves, but belonging to him, entrusted to us to use for the good of others. When I don’t trust in money and the lifestyle it promises to bring, because I trust in Jesus instead, I’m freed to give, to serve and to love.
Head: Trusting in Jesus will show itself in using what we have to serve him rather than ourselves by loving others.
Heart: Where do you look for joy? In Jesus or in something he has made? What is it about that which promises you joy?
Hands: Set aside a few minutes to consider how you can take the thing you look for joy in and use it to care for someone in your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus is King, and that real life is found in serving him and not myself. Please forgive me for using the things you’ve given me to serve myself rather than to serve my King. By your Spirit I pray that I would grow in my love for others by using what I have to love people and point them to the life found In Jesus too. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
A song to listen to: Christ is Risen
Ryan Dehnert – Living Church City South