7675 - To Peter

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In Luke 12 Jesus has been talking to his disciples about being ready for future opportunities. But Peter asks Jesus whether he is talking to all the people or to the disciples only.

Listen to Jesus’ reply in Luke 12:41-48:

41Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"

42The 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? 43It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45But 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. 46The 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.

47"That servant 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. 48But 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.

Notice that these words from Jesus are in the singular, to a servant; whereas the previous paragraphs are spoken to servants, in the plural. It seems like Jesus could have been speaking directly to Peter, although the other disciples were privileged to hear these words from Jesus.

These sentences continue the thoughts that the disciples of Jesus were being encouraged to have a focused mental attitude upon the things Jesus had been teaching them for the past months.

Jesus may have focused his words to Peter because of his question, or because Jesus knew that Peter was going to be a principal leader in the Church which would be born at Pentecost.

Jesus tells Peter and those listening that it will be good for the servant of God who will be found to be doing all he is instructed to do when the Lord checks up on him. The servant found to be faithful and reliable by the master will be promoted and given more authority and responsibility.

But the servant who is found to be seeking pleasure and becomes a tyrant to those under him, when the master returns, he’ll be judged with a harsh measure.

The judgment rendered by Jesus is that any servant who knows the master’s assignments and who does not prepare to do them and then to follow through in carrying out the assignments will be punished severely.

The last sentence of this passage gives the principle to be applied: 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.

This definitely teaches that there will be individual evaluation at the end of life. Since each person is uniquely made by God they have different skills and abilities. It also relates that God has entrusted into the hands of some people more opportunity with more responsibility than to someone else. But when the evaluation comes, conclusion and rewards will be based not on skill, but on faithful and diligent service.

Based on later New Testament Scripture we know that God does not expect us to accomplish God’s work by our own effort. The effective Christian is the one who recognizes that the indwelling Christ has taken up residence within each believer in order to accomplish His work here on earth. He uses Christians as his arms and legs, and as his eyes to accomplish his work on earth. We are to: Let our light so shine that others may see our good deeds and give glory to the Father in heaven.

So as we are continually available for the Lord’s use, and as we serve obediently, then we will hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” when we stand before the Lord.