Luke 12:41-48 The Voice (VOICE)
On Sunday, the Word of God encouraged us to be spiritually dressed and ready for service. We are to keep our lamps burning (lives thriving in the Spirit) as we watch and wait for our Master to return. In other words, we are to live with an urgency about remaining in the anointing of God; remaining a soul on fire in the Hand of God. We are properly dressed when we seek to apply and live the Truth we have heard in the Word; the anointing is about the presence of God or a place of spiritual prosperity as God reveals His strength and power through us. Think about the anointing of Christ for a minute; Christ, the Anointed One, went about doing good being led by the Spirit for the mission of God. He brought healing and deliverance to those who knew they were poor in spirit apart from Him. The humble, seeking, and hungry servant always wins with God. Do those words describe you?
In our passage today, Peter wants to know if this spiritual fervor and urgency Jesus has been teaching about is for everyone or just for His leaders. Jesus tells a parable that reveals the answer to Peter’s question is actually ‘both.’ Christ’s leaders are responsible to pursue the anointing every day; to teach the Word of God by his or her lifestyle. As well, all Christ’s servants are responsible to do the same. If we know this is how the Kingdom works and simply don’t put the things we know into practice, we will find ourselves judged. However, if we live diligent in the anointing and live for the presence of God to be revealed, reward is awaiting us when Christ returns. So, live as a soul on fire!
Peter: 41 Lord, I’m not sure if this parable is intended only for us disciples or if this is for everyone else too.
Jesus: 42 Imagine the stories of two household managers, and decide for yourself which one is faithful and smart. Each household manager is told by his master to take good care of all his possessions and to oversee the other employees—the butlers, cooks, gardeners, and so on. 43 One servant immediately busies himself in doing just what he was told. His master eventually comes to check on him 44 and rewards him with a major promotion and with more responsibility and trust.
45 The other household manager thinks, “Look, my boss is going to be gone for a long time. I can be complacent; there’s no urgency here.” So he beats the other employees—the women as well as the men. He sits around like a slob, eating and getting drunk. 46 Then the boss comes home unexpectedly and catches him by surprise. One household manager will be fortunate indeed, and the other will be cut into pieces and thrown out.
47 Now if a servant who is given clear instructions by his master doesn’t follow those instructions but instead is complacent and apathetic, then he will be punished severely. 48 But if a servant doesn’t know what his master expects and behaves badly, then he will receive a lighter punishment. If you are given much, much will be required of you. If much is entrusted to you, much will be expected of you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the anointing that breaks sin and spiritual apathy off from me. You bring the power to save me from sin, as well as from my own stubborn ways. I need you every day, so come Holy Spirit and work through me. I want to be a soul on fire for you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.