“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.” Luke 12:48
In this twelfth chapter of Luke, Jesus is talking to His disciples about His second coming. He speaks of a householder who goes on a journey and leaves his servants in charge. They do not know the day nor the hour when he will return, and so they continue faithful in their duties, until he returns. Then he rewards them for their faithfulness.
I can imagine these servants as every day they kept busy doing the jobs assigned to them, making sure everything was in perfect order. No doubt they worked together as a team encouraging each other and enjoying their time. They loved their master and knew that he appreciated what they did. Joy and laughter filled the place as they eagerly waited for his return.
Peter questioned the Lord as to whether this applied just to them or to all. Jesus went on to explain that it did indeed apply to all who were faithful in their duties and used their gifts and abilities to be a blessing to others. He also showed what would happen to those who were not faithful.
Jesus has given each of us talents and abilities, and the privilege of using them to bless others. He has placed us where He wants us, and all that He requires is that we be faithful every day in fulfilling our responsibilities. He is a loving Master and knows what we are capable of. He will give us the strength and guidance that we need.
Sometimes the enemy of our soul will tell us that we are too old to do anything for the Lord. No matter how old you may be, you can still set an example of praising God. You can set a time apart every day to spend time in prayer for your family, your church, and your community. You can watch carefully for opportunities to speak a word of encouragement, comfort, or blessing to someone you meet.
What does God require of you? Be faithful every day in whatever task God puts before you. He is coming soon, and great will be His reward to the faithful.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your faithfulness to us and for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. Help us to do whatever you ask of us and be ready for your coming.
Devotion by Anne Johnston