The Moral Of This Post…

Arguments, Church, Criticism, Dangerous, Drink, Drunken, Eat, Hypocrites, Jesus, Quarrels, Ready, Regret, Servant, The Moral Of This Post...

Arguments, Church, Criticism, Dangerous, Drink, Drunken, Eat, Hypocrites, Jesus, Quarrels, Ready, Regret, Servant, The Moral Of This Post…

If you want to read a passage of scripture that keeps on giving new light each time you read it, try Matthew 24. Today verses 44-51 jumped out of the page to me causing me to realize some very crucial points. In verse 44 Jesus summarizes the main point of all He had been saying from verse 1 – verse 43 by indicating that we need to be ready for His return because it is going to be a surprise! By verse 45 Jesus sets the stage by asking a question that would reveal to us, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant?…”

Verses 46 and 47 makes it plain that the faithful and wise servant is the man or woman who Jesus meets actively taking care of His household and giving His household meat in due season. However, the shocking thing is that Jesus describes the evil servant as the one who is saying in his or her heart – “My lord delayeth his coming” – in other words the evil servant privately does not believe Jesus is going to return soon. And so this crazy, evil servant begins to beat up on his fellowservants. How do we see this today? Anytime you notice a spirit of criticism infiltrating God’s church, where brothers or sisters are fighting against each other and proceeding to eat and drink (live the life of the drunken) with the drunken, this is a dangerous signal that needs to be corrected.

If this dangerous situation is not corrected the individuals in God’s church who are busy being consumed by arguments and quarrels will fall into the category of evil servants and would definitely be caught off guard – caught with their pants down! Verse 51 indicates that the evil servant will be destroyed and given the same reward as those who choose to be hypocrites – a reward of weeping and regret. So today if we claim to be servants of God, the moral of this post is: To be determined to do the work God has called us to do and to refuse to listen or to hearken to the evil servants who want us to be consumed with fighting, arguing, criticizing and quarrelling.

*** All Bible texts quoted above are from the King James Version, unless referenced differently.

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