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The Parable of The Wise Steward Made Simple

(Luke 12:42-48)

We pick this up in Luke 12:42-48.

And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. (Luke 12:42-44)

Many parables of Jesus speak about honor and reward. Jesus is a rewarder of people who do good work for Him. Some people would say that we are all equal in the Kingdom and that God doesn’t favor any one person over another. This is true. We’re all saved by the grace of God. We’re all saved through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on Calvary. But it seems that the Lord was saying here that those who have been faithful on earth, those who have been wise, those who have used what was entrusted to them on earth in the Kingdom of God wisely are going to be rewarded and made ruler over many other people and things.

As an example, let us take Sydney, Australia. We need one ruler over the whole city. But it is made up of many towns and each of the towns could do with a Mayor. Then, there are different functions in each of the towns. There are people in charge of the water, people in charge of electricity and people in charge of education. There are different positions within the town so there are many levels of responsibility in the society that we live in.

Granted that Jesus Christ is going to rule on earth for a thousand years, there’s going to be many positions of leadership in the new Kingdom. He’s going to have people who are faithful to Him in positions of leadership. If He gets someone to head over all the towns of Sydney city, he has to be someone who had a good administrative experience.

Often, people look at their life on earth and wonder whether it’s going to be used in heaven. People work in jobs that they love and can’t imagine themselves doing any other sort of job. This could be true. When you work on earth, you may do that job in heaven. Jesus was hinting at this. He said that He’ll make you ruler over many things if you’re faithful.

There are many positions up to be grabbed; positions available for the average person. Not everyone really will apply themselves on earth. Not everyone will live to the potential that God has set for His people on earth.

Jesus is not a hard taskmaster. He is a very encouraging person. He’s a person who allows you to develop your gifts naturally and then gives you more practical experience until you become proficient. Jesus is a person who promotes people through levels of authority. Not only will there be promotion in the Kingdom to come when Jesus reigns on earth, but there’s promotion in the Kingdom for those on earth today who prove themselves worthy. Some people prove that they are wise stewards of God’s money, resources, time and talents on earth. This isn’t just something for the future. If you look at people like Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince and other preachers, you’ll find that they’ve been promoted to television ministries, book writing ministries, tapes and CD ministries and big convention ministries. They’ve got big and powerful ministries on earth today. They’ve been promoted and given much glory and power in today’s world.

These parables don’t have to be in future tense. Jesus preached the parables for a few reasons –as a promise of what’s going to happen in the future, but also for a practical day by day experience. I hope that you’re catching the practical application of this parable today.

But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:45-48)

I have to say in conclusion, this being the last parable, that all the stripes are avoidable. While growing up, you knew as a child that your father or mother might say to you, if you come home after 11:00, there will be a beating. If you steal any of the cookies in the jar that are for our visitors today, I’ll give you a beating. As you grew up, you were given definite boundaries. And at times that you get in trouble with, you get beaten with a strap. You, as a child, don’t have to get that strap. You don’t have to get that beating. You can avoid the beating by doing what your mother or father says.

So, too, with this parable; I believe that a Christian doesn’t need to have a beating off Jesus Christ. But I know that there’s punishment for people who are in this world doing things that are not nice. People who are using and abusing others to get rich, people who are getting drunk, people who are doing all sorts of bad things in this world will be punished one day in a place called hell.

But everyone’s got the opportunity to come to know Jesus and do things the right way. I’m not saying that Christians always do things the right way. But the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that he’s got a God that forgives him. He’s got a God that can lead him.

We can sum up the application of this last passage in this: To the ones that have been given a lot of opportunity, much would be expected from them; to those who have been given little opportunity, much less will be expected from those people. Like a mother and father, these stripes can be avoided. Our legal system has those consequences. But some people seem to beat the legal system and they don’t end up with punishment on this earth. Well, believe me, if you don’t confess Jesus and give your life to Him, there would be punishment in a place to come for every bad thing that’s been committed on earth.

I hope that you have enjoyed this book of parables. God bless you. I pray that you’ll write to me, post me a comment or ask me a question. God bless you. Bye.



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