Jesus asked,“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? “ (Matthew 24:45).
“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” (Matthew 24:46-47).
Who, then, is the “faithful and wise servant of God’?
1 Corinthians 4:5 says, “Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.”
The Holy Bible gives us a description of what it takes to be a “faithful and wise servant.” Let us remain humble and faithful; constantly guarding ourselves according to the Word of God. For we are a blessed people and shall remain a blessing for all, for His name sake, the Lord and Holy One of Israel, who loves us and who has called us by name. Scripture revealed:-
“And you, Solomon my son, said King David; know the God of your father and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it” (1 Chronicles 28:9-10).
Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the LORD. He is with you in giving judgement Now then, let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the LORD our God, or partiality or taking bribes” (2 Chronicles 19:6-7).
And in every work that Hezekiah began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered (2 Chronicles 31:21).
“They shall be mine, says the LORD of Hosts, in the day when I make up My treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more, you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him” (Malachi 3:17-18).
“His Master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master'” (Matthew 25:21).
Jesus says, “Blessed are those servants whom the Master finds awake when He comes. Truly, I say to you, He will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and He will come and serve them” (Luke 12:37).
Jesus says, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10).
“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:11-12).
And He said to him, “Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities”(Luke 19:17).
“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honour him” (John 12:25-26).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than His Master, nor is a messenger greater than the One who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:16-17).
“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than His Master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know Him who sent Me”(John 15:20-21).
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4).
Paul said, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with His own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:28-30).
Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building (Romans 14:18-19).
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (Romans 12:11-18).
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free (Ephesians 6:5-8).
Paul also said to the church in Philippi, “As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honoured in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20-21).
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24).
See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord(Colossians 4:7).
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).
Therefore, an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach; not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? (1 Timothy 3:2-5).
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed (1 Timothy 4:4-6).
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Timothy 4:14-16).
In his Second Epistle to Timothy, Paul said, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:6-9).
For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it (Titus 1:7-9).
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy (1 Corinthians 4:2).
Give no offence to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as Paul tried to please everyone in everything he does, not seeking his own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved (1 Corinthians 10:32-33).
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do (Hebrews 6:10).
But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honour and dishonour, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything (2 Corinthians 6:5-10).
Proverbs 15:33 says, “The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honour.” God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Let us serve one another with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2). Know that we can do nothing without the presence of God. For the Lord of Hosts says in Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.”
Let all be done in love. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
I will look with favour on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with Me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to Me (Psalm 101:6).
To God be all praise, blessings, glory and honour.
Amen and Amen!