Luke 12:37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. (NIV)
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meath, and will come forth and serve them. (KJV)
Luke 12:41-48 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” 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. I tell you the truth, 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 menservants and maidservants 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. That servants who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many 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.” (NIV)
The parable Peter asked about starts in verse 37, and 41-48 is a version of the same parable. The meaning is the same: 1) Always be ready for the Lord’s return, 2) If you act badly and you know better you are ranked with unbeliever’s and will be severely punished, 3) If you act badly and don’t know better you will be punished, but not as severely, 4) To whom much is given, much is required. This connects with Luke 12:27-32 which talks about God blessing us and granting us our desires. God may ask, but it is like a parent’s request – it is really an order requiring obedience.Worry is a sin, you are to rely on God.
Luke 17:7-10 Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, “ Come along now and sit down to eat”? Would he not rather say, “Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink”? Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “ We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (NIV)
** Live by faith, be obedient, without expectation of reward. (Servants are workers, without reward or worldly appreciation) God appreciates you even when man doesn’t – Be obedient to God.
Read the story of Joseph Genesis 37:1-36, 39:1-41:44. Joseph has a pretty hopeless outlook as a slave, but is lifted through his obedience and waiting on the Lord in all things, to a position of power, second in all the land only to Pharaoh himself, in order that he might be ready to help his people.