Jesus often taught his disciples using stories as illustrations. One day He told them about a master who came home in the middle of the night to discover his servants waiting to open the door for him … and then rewarded them for their faithfulness. Jesus then contrasted that scenerio with one about a servant who took advantage of the master’s absence to mistreat others and indulge himself. When the master arrived, he dealt harshly with the one who had ignored his instructions.
The parable was meant to teach about stewardship and accountability … and the importance of being ready at all times. Because of the Master is coming back and will judge His servants based on what they’ve done with what they’ve been given. For those who heard His words (i.e. given much), God expects an account of faithful stewardship. (And as a just judge, he deals with each person in proportion to what knowledge they had.)
This Christmas season, I’m reminded that the world was given Christ. What have we done with what we’ve been given? Have we believed and accepted this amazing gift? Have our hearts changed? Are we using our God-given abilities, and resources to show God’s love to others and bring glory to His name? Or have we used our talents to draw attention to ourselves and support a comfortable, self-indulgent lifestyle? Have we gained insight and wisdom regarding God’s plan for the world He created … and if so, what have we done with that knowledge?
I have been given much. As the end of the year approaches, I’m taking a closer look at what I’ve done with it. And asking myself if I’m ready and watching for His return.
What about you? What have you been given? What are you doing with it? Are you prepared to give an account, even in the middle of the night?