Faithful and wise steward (Luke 12:41-48) | back
41Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? Peter wanted to know if Jesus was speaking this parable just to the disciples or to everyone.
42And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Christ replied, I am talking of any faithful, sensible man whose master gives him the responsibility of feeding the other servants. Christ is speaking of His servants who's responsibility is to teach the Word to those who need it and want it!
43Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. When Christ returns and finds His servants teaching the truth in the Word, He will be pleased and there will be great rewards.
44Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. Just as the pleased master would put his servant in charge of all he owns, so it is with Christ when He returns and finds His servants doing the work of the Lord.
45But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken. But if the servant says to himself, my lord will not be back for some time, and begins to whip on the men and women he is supposed to protect, spending his time on drinking and partying all the time, he will be in for a surprise. This applies to so called teachers of the Word today. Do they whip you with false teachings and traditions of men, or do they teach the Word of God?
46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. The master will return without notice and remove the servant from his position of trust and assign him to the place of the unfaithful. Just as Christ will do at His return when he finds many unfaithful servants. Those who teach false doctrine and traditions of men rather than the truth in the Word.
47And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. That servant will be severely punished for refusing to do his duty.
48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Anyone that is not aware that he is doing wrong will only be punished lightly. But, the one who knows better and knows the truth in the Word but misleads people, will be severely punished because their responsibility is much greater.