by Daniel Rodgers

The Faithful and Wise Servant
Daniel Rodgers
Matthew 24:45-46

INTRODUCTION: In his discourse with the disciples, Jesus speaks to them in a parable. In the first part of the chapter they had questioned Him concerning the coming destruction of the temple, the sign of His return and the end of the world. In (vv. 4-44) He details the events of the Tribulation period, a time so severe that in (vs. 22), He states, ''Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved...''

However, in (vv. 45-51), He turns their attention from coming judgment on the earth to an entirely different subject, that of faithful stewardship: ''Who then is a faithful and wise servant?'' In other words, ''In light of everything I've just said, while I'm gone, I want you to consider the importance of faithfulness. And really, when you think of it, while He's gone, faithfulness and stewardship are more important than anything else, wouldn't you agree?

In this parable the Lord is seen as the Master who has taken a journey and left his servant behind to care for his household. In His absence, He expects his servant to oversee and superintend the affairs of His household--feeding them and caring for them (''giving them meat in due season''). The servant is responsible for providing for their needs and managing the details of every day life as it pertains to the Master's household. He concludes by saying, ''Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing.''

Every Christian wants to one day hear the words, ''Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord'' (Matthew 25:21).

This morning I want to talk to you about the importance of faithful stewardship. Jesus asked the question, ''Who is a faithful and wise servant?'' By the way, before we get into the message, you might want to ask yourself that question; ''Am I a faithful and wis ...

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