“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
The context which Jesus came into was one of waiting. Israel knew the Messiah was coming yet did not know when. So she waited and waited. Jesus often implied that with more and more time passing Israel strayed further and further from God’s intention. By the time he arrived she had strayed very far indeed! Look at his battles with the Pharisees and see how often he called them to account. The reading today is yet another example of this.
We may have the best of intentions, yet we are as susceptible of slipping away as the Pharisees were. Later in the New Testament, Paul tells his hearers to ‘be on your guard’, knowing how important it was to keep God in the centre at all times.
Prayer: Father, help me to keep my eyes on you. Help me to keep you the centre of my life and not wake up one day to find I’ve let you slip away without even noticing.
Action: Once an hour today, talk to God.