“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Interesting how Jesus categorizes his servants as faithful and wise. He further explains what it means to be faithful when he says that such servants consistently serve others. He indicates that such servants are wise because they understand that they serve a master who will be faithful to come like he said he would. This speaks to me of the way of a real servant.. one who faithfully serves others as they serve God.
Also interesting how Jesus targets leaders in this passage. When he speaks of those "set over his household" he is speaking about religious leaders then and now. He warns them, and us, of the consequences of mistreating others and of forsaking personal discipline. This rebuke is like those he spoke to the scribes and Pharisees. In this rebuke he indicates that such people are neither wise nor faithful.
Lord, please help me to be faithful and wise in everything I do.