Parables of Jesus Series
Recorded LIVE on Wednesday, 6/13/2018
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This week's study is called the "Faithful Servant". It's such a great study following last week's study on "Greed" and the rich fool. This same parable is also mentioned in Mark 13:32-37, but we will focus on the Book of Luke for this particular study.
Important Scripture: (Luke 12: 35-40)
35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Verse 35 & 36
Verse 35 tells us to be dressed (girded) and ready for the Lord, while verse 36 asks us to WAIT on our master, Jesus. That is our responsibility as Christ followers. We must WAIT and be ready for the day He comes. Most importantly the end of the verse tells us that we are to open immediately when he comes and knocks. AMEN! We should always be ready in the way we have carried on His gospel as an example to others around us. The foundation of the Gospel is Jesus and what he did for us on that cross, which ultimately charges us to love our GOD above anything and anyone, and to love one another above ourselves. On these 2 commandments hang the fulfillment of all the commandments.
QUESTION: If Jesus Christ were to come today, would you quickly run to open the door for him, or would he find you hiding in your sin and shame? The beauty in the love of Jesus Christ and the mercy of our Father, is that there is no need to be shameful and to sin. Simply because, Jesus was SIN when he died on the cross.
Verse 37 & 38
Our reward in being faithful servants is fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ. How beautiful to think that even in His coming, His wish is still to serve us and be in our presence. Just as the verse states, we MUST continue to watch for the Lord, and live according to God's purpose in our lives. Verse 38 specifically states that we do not know if He will come morning, noon and night. Therefore, live righteously at all times waiting and watching for the Lord.
Verse 39 & 40
Naturally, we take all the necessary precautions to protect our worldly possessions, but these are all things we will not take with us when our name is called to stand before our heavenly Father. Therefore, we must "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33 ESV). We must guard our souls and protect it against the temporal traps of this world.
The beauty of this parable is that our greatest reward is to be with our Father and in fellowship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. I encourage you to watch the study to learn of the steps in becoming a faithful servant. God Bless!