Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Buried Treasure (Part 2: The Breakdowns)
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:45-51 (NKJV)
If Jesus talks about end times in chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew, if the Parable of the Talents teaches us the dire consequence of burying a talent, if the unprofitable servant was wicked, lazy, and scared, we must consider his mistakes--and avoid them.
Mistake #1: Wickedness. Although the evil deeds of the man who buried his talent were not specified, consider today's key Scripture: The Parable of the Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant. Like the Parable of the Talents, it is part of Jesus' end-time warnings.
Apparently, the evil servant did not think his master would be coming back so soon. But Jesus said, 'Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect' (Matthew 24:44). The 'you also' part refers to us, the readers of His words.
What were the servant's wicked deeds? For one, he 'beat' his fellow servants. Cruel treatment or even 'one-upmanship' violates Jesus' prime directive: 'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another' (John 13:34).
In addition, His servant hung out with an ungodly crowd, 'To eat and drink with the drunkards.' Peer pressure is hard to avoid, and 'Bad company corrupts good morals' (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Therefore, when we 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation' (Mark 16:15), both to the righteous and to the evil, we must remember to hang closest with our own peer group: the saints.
'And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers' (Acts 2:42).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Buried Treasure series.