Commitment in Stewardship

Luke 12: 39-48
Eph 3: 2-12 / Is 12: 2-6

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
(Luke 12:48)

For the gifts God has entrusted,
A faithful servant is required;
So the work from us expected
Must not leave much to be desired.

“But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.” Peter said, “Lord, is this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.” (Luke 12: 39-48)

Reflection

As God’s stewards, we must be aware that much has been entrusted to us by the Lord. Bearing heavier responsibilities however does not mean that we can lord it over others, like the wicked servant in today’s Gospel parable. On the contrary, the bigger the position of responsibility, the more we are expected to be more caring, more patient, and more diligent in looking after those entrusted under our care. True leadership really means being a reliable servant. This was what our Lord meant when he said “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). This is how it is for those who have found favor with the Lord. Those who are kept busiest in our community are left with no more time for worldly affairs. Actually, this is an advantage when you consider the pitfalls of a leisurely life. And why should we complain when this is really what we were after in the first place — serving the Lord through His community and by His Word? The soft and easy life were never meant for the stewards of the Lord.

As we grow closer to God in Spirit, more responsibilities will be required of us. It is to be expected that if we want to earn points with our Master, we must always be in readiness to respond to His call. If we have put ourselves in this frame of mind, the Lord will pour out His graces on us to make us more sensitive and discerning. It is such a special honor to be in His service, because the wages of stewardship are priceless — such as peace, joy, love, patience, and wisdom. However, as every good steward knows, these gifts are not given to make us feel lofty and privileged, and lulled into the complacency of feeling special. On the contrary, our Master expects us not to take our spiritual tasks with these gifts lightly, for “much will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

That is why we need to take a serious look at our commitment to the Lord. Upon this all the other qualities of true leadership rest. It is the product of a mature faith in our Lord, because once we have reached such a conviction, our faith has become strong and mature, able to stand the tests of this life. With commitment, our service can easily overcome all obstacles.

Lord, from the slavery of sin, You have transformed us into stewards of Your Word. Grant us the grace to be faithful always to our calling, trusting in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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