Pastor Cory Cangelosi
The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, 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 is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. - Luke 12:42-48
Jesus wants us to be watching and waiting for His return, and in the meantime to be working—to be good stewards—until He returns. In Jesus’ day, a steward would be the person entrusted with their Master’s property. He had work to do to take care of the people and the land under his supervision. We are also called to be stewards of God and servants of man.
We all have influence, and we are all called to make disciples of Jesus, to help others grow closer to Him. This is the ministry we have all been given as believers (see 1 Peter 4:10). God wants all of us to steward the specific gift that God has given each of us, but there is also one gift we have all been given, and that’s the gift of Christ in us.
Question: What is the gift that God has given you, and how are you putting that gift to work to support and influence others? Who in your life is more like Jesus because of how you've partnered with God?
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