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The Parable of the Faithful and Wise Servant

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 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 hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24: 45 – 51

This parable is particularly directed towards the Pharisees. They claimed to be the purest of the pure and the godly of the godly but were in fact oppressing people through all their rules. People who should have been drawing others to God had become a block and Jesus was scathing in his attack of them. He had no time for those who came between people and God.

The challenge for each of us is to examine our traditions and see if they draw people to God or act as a block? Oftentimes we can do things because that’s how they were always done or because we feel comfortable doing them when in truth they stop people finding God.

An example you say? Expecting someone to wear a suit to church might be one. Or another might be expecting someone to become a good churchgoer, speaking and acting just like us.

Our traditions are there because they worked for previous generations and we like them. They may not work for the current or next generation in which case what is more important. Helping people approach God or helping keep things the way we are comfortable with?

Prayer: Jesus I like church the way I like it because it is what I grew up with and am comfortable with. I know though that church isn’t about making me comfortable, rather it’s about connecting you and people so people can have an experience of you. Give me the wisdom to consider what I might need to change so I can help people come to you.

Action: Get a piece of paper and list all the church traditions you can think of. Why did they start, and do they still fulfil that function today?

This Thought was written by Norman Smith