Commitment in Stewardship

Luke 12: 39-48
Eph 3:2-12 / Isa 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.

Jesus said to his disciples. ‘You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time the burglar would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You too must stand ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’ Peter said, ‘Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?’ The Lord replied, ‘Who, then, is the wise and trustworthy steward whom the master will place over his household to give them at the proper time their allowance of food? Blessed is that servant if his master’s arrival finds him doing exactly that. I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of everything that he owns. But if the servant says to himself, “My master is taking his time coming,” and sets about beating the menservants and the servant-girls, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful. The servant who knows what his master wants, but has got nothing ready and done nothing in accord with those wishes, will be given a great many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but has acted in such a way that he deserves a beating, will be given fewer strokes. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:39-48)

Reflection

Having greater responsibilities do not mean 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 things entrusted under our care. True leadership really means being a reliable servant. It is no wonder then that our Lord said “those who put themselves first shall be last, and those who put themselves last shall be first in the kingdom of God” (Mark 9:35).

That is how it is for those who have found favor with the Lord. Those who are kept busiest in our community have no more time for worldly leisure. This is actually an advantage when you consider the pitfalls of a comfortable 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 are not 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 prepared 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 alert and discerning. It is a special honor to be in His service, because the wages of stewardship are priceless — like peace, joy, compassion, patience, and wisdom. However, as every good steward knows, these gifts are not given to make us feel privileged, and lulled into the complacency of feeling righteous. 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 until we have such a conviction, our faith is still weak and immature, and will not stand the test of time. Only those who are totally committed are confident in their stewardship. Without commitment, our service is doomed to fail.

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, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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